Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Charlotte Pier • November 22

Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 22, 2011 12:04 PM - 12:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 37F noontime walk on Charlotte Pier in Ontario Beach Park today. It was a quiet walk with very few birds, aside from the regular Ring-billed Gulls, Mallards, and Rock Pigeons. Even though the water was fairly rough today, a few Red-breasted Mergansers were preening and resting in the waves. A pair of Bonaparte's Gulls were fishing off the end of the pier. A Common Loon in winter plumage made a brief appearance underneath the Bonapartes. Finally, a Great Black-backed Gull was mixed in with one of the flocks of Ring-bills. Also interesting was a first year Herring Gull mixed in with the same flock of Ring-bills. Its plumage stood out like a sore thumb. I carefully scanned for adult Herring Gulls, but found none.

Ring-billed Gull

Juvenile Herring Gull amidst Ring-billed Gulls

Red-breasted Merganser

Great Black-backed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon, Pied plumage

8 species

Mallard  37
Red-breasted Merganser  3
Common Loon  1
Bonaparte's Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  170
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  17

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)