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

kmueller at ntplx.net kmueller at ntplx.net
Fri Jan 9 17:21:45 EST 2015

This is what winter seabirding is all about, and what many of us look  
forward to! But in actuality, this report is not so unusual for  
January at Beavertail with strong 40+ mph westerly (or even better  
with strong easterly) winds. I go there often and really look forward  
to these conditions. Actually, I am surprised the Gannet numbers were  
this low, and no mention of sea ducks in the report. That is a good  
number of Razorbill, but again, for these conditions not a surprise.

I would highly recommend if you have never spent a morning at  
Beavertail in January with 40+ mph winds, you don't know what you are  
missing! Its a great place to go seabirding, but can be a little cold!

Pt. Judith is also a premier location (and often a better location)  
with these winds....unfortunately the Fisherman's Park at Camp Cronin  
is closed at this point while the Army Corp. or Engineers repair the  
damaged sea wall.

Good Birding,

Keith Mueller

Quoting Thomas Robben via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>:

> 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.
> - - - - - - - - - -
> Rachel Farrell
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