Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel CBC

Today is the date of the annual unofficial Christmas Bird Count on the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel. Ned Brinkley, Bob Anderson, and I fought the fog for most of the day. It lifted in the middle of the afternoon, but the clarity increased mostly the numbers of birds recorded and not the number of species. At this point I'm not certain how many species were seen, but it was low because of the conditions. The best birds were three Black-legged Kittiwakes that flew over island 4 early in the day. Large numbers of Northern Gannets were in the air all day, but it was difficult to assess how many. Many of the gannets were heard calling as they passed the island. A group of four scoters bobbing near the rocks held all three species - a nice bonus. A couple of harbor seals were seen off the points of the islands.

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