Friday, December 28, 2012

Linwood CBC....T-minus 1 day

Well, we're almost ready for the Linwood CBC (Sunday). I'm really looking forward to this count, in part because I compile it. Mike and I started this count, which is just NW of Waterloo in 2003, though we took a hiatus and it didn't start for 'good' until 2007. This is the 7th year that we'll have done the count. Up to this year, we've recorded 81 species, which in my opinion is pretty darn good.

This year however, with things being so mild, Conestoga Lake likely will freeze over tonight. But with that being said, we've been able to get some great count week species.

Red-breasted Merganser - 3 (1 m, 2 f) with the large merganser flock, seen everyday, until the 27th
Long-tailed Duck - 1 female with the GRSC
Greater Scaup - 4 above the dam, associating with the LTDU
Iceland Gull - 1-2 first-year birds at the dam
Glaucous Gull - 1 first-year photogaphed by David Gascoigne on the 25th
Great Black-backed Gull - 3 adults on the 26th, 1 first-year on the 27th
Common Raven - a pair south of Glen Allan yesterday
Hoary Redpoll - singles (in different locations) on the 25th and today
Pine Grosbeak - a flock of 14, below the dam on the 25th and today

Anyways, it'll be really cool to see what's found on count day - stay tuned! Below are some awesome shots of some of the above birdies.... :)

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