A group of eight individuals were present for our annual fall Plum Island Trip.
Also, one of the first cold blasts of the season was present. A 10-15 mph wind was almost constantly present, which brought down the wind chill. If you could get out of the wind, it was not so bad.
Sharing hats and gloves, the group set out to find the focus of this trip, ducks, loons and alike. For the most part, we were not disappointed. Eighteen species of ducks were found.
However, the best bird was not a duck, but an American Avocet. It had been seen off and on for a week prior to the trip. So I was hoping it was still around. And it was. Originally found at the far end of the Pannes, the bird then flew in closer and merged with a raft of ducks. But all the up ended bottom feeding and associated paddling and splashing by the ducks, coaxed the Avocet to move on; luckily closer to our vantage point.
|Trying to fit in...|
|My better side|
|Time to move on|
We had hoped to find one of the Eurasian Wigeons reported recently, but most of the Wigeons seen this day were far beyond the Pannes. Even with scopes, the distance, wind and heat haze was too much to call one for certain.
Here is my list for the trip. Numbers I am sure are on the conservative side.