Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Feb 24, 2018 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
90.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Brookline Bird Club’s annual Waterfowl Prowl led by Eddie Giles.  The day started out sunny and cool (40s), interspersed with some thick fog banks.  By midday, the temps approached 60 degrees but by midafternoon the clouds had rolled in and we ended the day with rainfall.  A recent mild spell ensured that all bodies of water were ice-free.  With the exception of the eastern end of the Canal (where we had 1,000s of waterfowl), we encountered no large concentrations of ducks.
50 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose  1     Dunns Pond, Barnstable.  Continuing immature bird.
Brant  10
Canada Goose  2
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  12
American Wigeon  12
Mallard  X
American Black Duck  8
Northern Pintail  10
Green-winged Teal  9
Ring-necked Duck  30
Greater Scaup  7
Lesser Scaup  5
Common Eider  X     Literally 1,000s of them at the eastern entrance to the Cape Cod Canal.
Surf Scoter  100
White-winged Scoter  70
Black Scoter  250
Long-tailed Duck  6
Bufflehead  X
Common Goldeneye  X
Barrow’s Goldeneye  1     Long Pond, Falmouth
Hooded Merganser  10
Common Merganser  15
Red-breasted Merganser  35
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  22
Horned Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  5
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Mourning Dove  12
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
falcon sp.  1     Silhouette seen in thick fog – long pointed wings, long tail, rapid wing beats
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  40
Fish Crow  8
Black-capped Chickadee  X     Many in song.
Tufted Titmouse  X     Many in song.
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3     MA Skunknett River Sanctuary, seen and heard, travelling together in a group
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Carolina Wren  6
European Starling  X
Song Sparrow  4     All singing.
Northern Cardinal  X     Some in song.
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  10

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