Checklist S10270216

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Location
Cape Cod Canal--Bourne Bridge

Owner Chris Wood

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Traveling
  • 3
  • 0.03 mi
Comments

Marshall was ecstatic to pull up to his money eider spot and have a solid raft of eiders right off the parking lot. Chris and Jessie started shrieking in unison "stop, STOP, STOP!!!! Eiders! EIDERS!! Right THERE!". Needless to say, they found these eiders to be "close enough" after all the whining I had heard back at Manomet Point about "are we gonna be able to see any eiders close enough for photos?". It proved to be a nice stationary count for other birds too, including my FOY Osprey!
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Observations

  1. Number observed: 6
  2. Number observed: 8
  3. Number observed: 2

    Comments: one possible dresseri x borealis female, but also may have been pure borealis; seen mating with male dresseri; photos by MJI and CLW; frontal lobes narrow and short coming to dull point, but coloration, thought paler, was not as extreme as in other bird, and the head also looked a bit more dull cinnamon-brown, more like the surrounding S. m. dresseri; another seen later was similar but colored even more like dresseri. Both had nicely pointed bill processes, and the photographed bird below even had a longer and more rounded central lobe of feathering as compared to dresseri. Below photos by Marshall Iliff:

    Possible borealis female Common Eider

    Possible borealis female Common Eider

    Possible borealis female Common Eider

  4. Number observed: 1700

    Comments: Amazing numbers of birds, with males giving cooing calls, puffing breasts out and giving head arching and wing flapping displays, and females all the while giving low 'ruck - ruck' notes. Quite a spectacle, especially when ships came down the canal. Amazing video and photos by Chris Wood and Jessie Barry.

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  5. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Like female S. m. dresseri but with sharply pointed and very narrow bill process. Bill process also significantly shorter. The overall plumage was paler buff and somewhat grayer, but not nearly as strikingly so as the December bird form Chatham. Photos (and video) also by Chris Wood as it as swimming right along the edge of the cala. Photos by Marshall Iliff:

    Common Eider (S. m. borealis)

    Common Eider (S. m. borealis)

  6. Number observed: 2
  7. Number observed: 8
  8. Number observed: 9
  9. Number observed: 3
  10. Number observed: 15
  11. Number observed: 10
  12. Number observed: 1
  13. Number observed: 4
  14. Number observed: 3
  15. Number observed: 1

    Comments: distant; MJI

  16. Number observed: 1
  17. Number observed: 1
  18. Number observed: 1
  19. Number observed: 2

    Comments: two adults in display flight across canal over Mass Maritime Academy

  20. Number observed: 1
  21. Number observed: 4
  22. Number observed: 16
  23. Number observed: 2
  24. Number observed: 2
  25. Number observed: 15
  26. Number observed: 1
  27. Number observed: 3
  28. Number observed: 6
  29. Number observed: 3
  30. Number observed: 4
  31. Number observed: 3
  32. Number observed: 2
  33. Number observed: 30
  34. Number observed: 1
  35. Number observed: 2
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