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Winter Ducks I

On February 7th six Nature Sussex members and Richard Blacquiere, an expert on waterfowl having been the official observer at the Pt. Lepreau Bird Observatory for over 10 years, took part in a winter duck outing. The stops included the Rothesay water treatment lagoon, the Courtenay Bay area observed from the end of both Hanover Street & Elliot Row, Tin Can Beach, the Saint John River from Bridge Street, Reversing Falls look-out park, the Lancaster water treatment lagoon, the Chance Harbour & Dipper Harbour wharfs and Long Beach in Dipper Harbour.

We had tremendous success! A wide variety of waterfowl was identified and we were lucky enough to observe some flocks numbering well over 100 ducks. Though at times the wind was a little biting the temperature was, thankfully, moderate. Most, if not all of the members, added several birds to their life list and quite enjoyed the day. A special thanks to Richard for guiding the way and making some distant sightings identifiable.



Common Goldeneye by Sharon


Surf Scoter by Sharon


Male Hooded Merganser by Sharon


Red Breasted Merganser by Sharon


Greater Black-Backed Gull by Mark


Iceland Gull by Mark


A Flock of Scaup by Mark


A Flock of Birders
by Sharon

The following is a list of the birds identified:

Iceland Gull, Mallard, Red-breasted Merganser, Bald Eagle, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Greater Black-backed Gull, American Black Duck, Buffle head, Common Goldeneye, Black capped Chickadee, Surf Scoter, Horned Grebe, Common Eider, Common Pintail, Herring Gull, Ring-necked Duck, Ring-billed Gull, Common Loon, Gadwall, Scaup.

 

 

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