The annual BBC Waterfowl Prowl took place on Saturday, 22nd Feb 2020, with the intention of finding as many species as possible of ducks and other waterfowl. Conditions were good, 32-44F, with clear skies, but windy later in the day. 7.45am – 4pm.
We started at Great Herring Pond, headed west to the Rochester fields to check for the rare geese, then Scusset Beach and the various ponds along the northern side of Cape Cod with a quick stop at Corporation Beach, finishing up at Marston’s Mill Pond and Skunknett River Audubon.
20 species of ducks were found, with 3 species of geese. Mallards were most widespread, seen at eleven locations, then Buffleheads at ten. Missed Gadwall, Canvasback. Non-duck highlights included Razorbills at the Scusset breakwater, and a Bald Eagle at Great Herring Pond.
American Black Duck
American Wigeon – 46 at Shawme Pond
Bald Eagle – Great Herring Pond
Barnacle Goose – Continuing at Rochester fields, flew in around 8.45.
Barrow’s Goldeneye – 2 males, 1 female at Great Herring Pond
Blue-winged Teal – 3 Continuing at Mill Pond, Barnstable
Double-crested Cormorant – Nye Pond
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Great Cormorant – Scusset Beach
Green-winged Teal – 5 at Marston’s Mill Pond
Horned Lark – Rochester Fields
Long-tailed Duck – Corporation Beach
Northern Harrier – Scusset Beach
Northern Pintail – 9 Skunknett River
Razorbill – 2 close to breakwater, Scusset