Saturday, February 5, 2011

Charlotte Pier • February 4

Yesterday, Mary Flood and I went to Charlotte Pier during the noon hour to look at waterfowl. There were sure a lot of ducks and gulls in the protected area between Charlotte and Summerville Piers! Afterwards, I found out that a mature bald eagle had been reported on Summerville Pier around 10 AM that morning, but neither Mary or I noticed it if it was still there. As we approached the edge of the water, we saw a lot of interesting ducks near the pier. However, we must have approached too quickly, as they quickly swam away towards the lake. However, we set up my scope and began looking at all the other birds still left around. Slowly, all the ducks that had left started to return and within thirty minutes or so they were back at fairly close proximity. What we saw were all standard for this location and time of year. However, they were still pretty neat to look at! After about forty-five minutes we had had enough of the cold and wind and called it a successful waterfowl run!

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Greater scaup

Greater scaups

Greater scaup

Great black-backed gull

Great black-backed gull

Herring gull

Herring gull

Mallard

Mallards

Ring-billed gull (front), Immature herring gull (back left), Mature herring gull (back right)

Long-tailed duck

Greater scaups

Greater scaups

Greater scaups

Greater scaup

Greater scaup

Greater scaup

White-winged scoter

White-winged scoter

White-winged scoter

White-winged scoters

Common mergansers. One normally doesn't get such a good view of the peachy-colored breasts of these birds. Mary and I found this subtle coloring quite striking.