A flock of Cormorants, mostly Great Cormorants roost on a rocky island near the old boat ramp east of Brenton Point.
The highlight of the day! The Snowy Owl spotted a day before was still present as it “hunkered-down” out of the wind in a crevice at the top of Island Rocks north.
(From l to r)- sub-adult drake Common Scoter, drake Surf Scoter (top rear), hen Common Scoter, drake Surf Scoter, hne Common Scoter, hen White-winged Scoter (center) drake Common Eider
There were many other Loons, Sea Ducks, and a few Horned Grebes on the water away from the jetties, but the rough water made it difficult to estimate their numbers. While I was standing on the jetty, five Gannets flew by quite a distance from the jetty. A single Razorbill swam in and dove almost as quickly as it arrived. It surfaced again to the west of the western jetty where I lost sight of it.
North Main Road we spotted a group of fifteen White-tailed Deer in the fields on the right.
Notice the basal area of the bill is starting to swell and form an adult drakes basal knob, and the color of the forming knob is starting to turn yellow.
……….and these Common Eiders.
In the distance the trawlers continued to work the area between Beavertail and Point Judith. The water was covered with birds as far as the eye could see. Wonder how many rarities were in that flock?
We decided to leave, and as we walked up the rocks by the road (near the foghorn) a single Orange-crowned Warbler landed in the last bush near the road before the sea. It stayed a few minutes and then took off crossing the west passage and flew towards Point Judith.
Red arrows indicate the location of the Razorbills, Blue indicates the Snowy Owl's location
Happy New Year!