Saturday, March 6, 2010
Penfield Reef, 03/05/10-
I managed to wade through the water to get to the end of Penfield Reef to watch the Harbor seals out there.... and maybe a Gray (not yet...).
Waterfowl numbers were great, with 900+ Goldeneye (including a single female BARROW'S), about 600+ Greater Scaup (pulled 2 Lesser... probably more), 500+ Brant, 90+ Long-tailed Ducks, and 13 Horned Grebes. Other birds were a 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull, an adult Iceland Gull (I think Alex Burdo had one here very recently), 3 Great Cormorants, 3 Common Loons and a single Red-throated Loon.
At the end of the reef were 6 Harbor seals, 3 of which didn't haul up until I was back on the beach. I did manage some photos. The ducks were too far for my 300mm lens, and I don't have a point and shoot yet for my scope, so you guys will just have to settle for a couple seals and some other Brian-likey photos.
There is one neat series of a Great Black-backed gull trying to (and eventually succeeding) in gulping down a nice flounder: