[CT Birds] pelagics around Bevertail SP, via [RI Birds] 1/9/15

Thomas Robben robben99 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 9 17:11:08 EST 2015

Here are some further details about RI birds today, following up on Frank
Mantlik's post earlier today:
     From Wayne Munns, 1/9:

This morning from 7:40-9:45 at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, with
strong southerly winds, good visibility and joined by other birders (counts
are conservative):

200+ Razorbill (streaming southward out of the East Passage in groups of up
to 15, some landing to feed)

1 COMMON MURRE (landed close to shore and began diving)

1 DOVEKIE (flying high to the NE, first spotted by Barbara Gearhart)

1 NORTHERN FULMAR (light phase, observed for several minutes, slowly flying
into the wind fairly close in)

8 Black-legged Kittiwake

10 Bonaparte’s Gull

14 Northern Gannet (all but one adults)

17 Long-tailed Duck (including a flock of 9, mostly flying to the south)

General activity slowed substantially around 8:30 (wish I had gotten there
before 7:40!), as winds began shifting into the west (it began snowing
around 9:40).  Good numbers of Razorbills (in groups of 4-8 as well as
singularly) continued on the water as well as flying mostly SW up to the
time I left.

 From Paul L'Etoile, 1/9:
There was a BLACK-HEADED GULL at Scarborough jetty in Narragansett.

 From Scott Turner, 1/9:
At 8 am on the East Side of Providence, one Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a
robust hickory tree. The bird pecked relatively quietly and slowly but
repeated its mewing call over several minutes.
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Rachel Farrell

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