In the afternoon as a reward for my morning good deeds I decided to go out and see what I could find. I headed to Lake Smith but couldn't find the Common Merganser. Next I tried Lynnhaven Inlet, but the only new bird I found was a House Sparrow. I couldn't let that be the subject of today's blog, so I decided, somewhat in desperation, to fork out the money and see what was on Island #1 of the CBBT. I did manage four new year birds there - Ruddy Turnstone, Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, and Purple Sandpiper. The upper photo is of a mixed flock of scaup, and it's your challenge to decide which are Lesser and which are Greater Scaup. The lower photo was also taken on the CBBT. The quiz for this photo asks, "How many species can you detect and what are they?" Good luck.
Tomorrow I'll be getting my act together for the TX trip, so I doubt I'll add any new year birds. But who knows! I certainly wasn't expecting a Pacific Loon from my yard.
By the way! When I got home from my bird search this afternoon, there was an email from Debbie Schroeder telling me that she saw the Common Merganser from her house. The time she gave was not long after I left Lake Smith. Ugh! My total is currently 116.