Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January 17-18,2013 More Newfoundland birding

On January 17th and 18th checked for numerous late lingering species that were located at local feeders. After a few visits we finally had great views of the Yellow-breasted Chat coming to a series of feeders in St. John's. It's amazing to see any warblers during the winter months and we ended up with 3 species, the chat plus Common Yellowthroat and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. All had survived the big snow storm a week earlier. The Pink-footed Goose was present again at Bowring Pond feeding with the 100's of Am.Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail and various hybrids. This rare goose has attracted a lot of attention in town and many locals are coming out to see it.  Overall another wonderful experience winter birding in Newfoundland!

A lone  wintering Brant feeds along the coastline at Flatrock.

Black-headed Gull resting. 

A rare sight during the winter months was a Yellow-breasted Chat.

A feeding frenzy of ducks at Bowring Park. 

Amercian Black Duck 

Male Northern Pintail 

Feeding American Black Duck 

Great Cormorant 

Pink-footed Goose

A view of St.John's Harbour 

A pair of American Black Ducks feeding on exposed grass. 

A late lingering Yellow-rumped Warbler

A female Eurasian Wigeon in flight along with a female American Wigeon. Note the gray under wing on Eurasian Wigeon compared to the white on the American Wigeon.  

Black-headed Gulls, 2 juvenile and 1 adult in flight. 

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