Sunday, February 7, 2010
Going from there to Back Bay NWR to scan the ocean sounded like a good idea. At the ocean we did carefully study a Pacific Loon just beyond the surf. But the hoped for scoters, grebes, and gulls were not there. So we moved on to Fort Story. As we were approaching Rudee Inlet it just made sense to stop and give it a look. There were a few Surf Scoters, a female Common Eider, a Purple Sandpiper, and quite a few gulls. In the midst of those gulls was an immature Little Gull, a catchup bird for John since he missed the one at the hotel yesterday in NC. But unlike yesterday, there were only two Bonaparte's Gulls in the flock. So you don't always need lots of Bonies to get a Little Gull.
We did make it to Fort Story, and after being checked out, we went to the bay overlook near the first landing monument. There was not a lot flying except Red-throated Loons and Red-breasted Mergansers, plus a few Northern Gannets and a large unidentified alcid.
We headed home to get ready for our trip to Arizona tomorrow and to watch the Super Bowl. Go Colts. My species total now stands at 295.