11/9 – Fairfield – LBBG, Black Scoters

Jim Orrico and I spent a little over an hour birding the Penfield Reef and parts of Ash Creek, in search of newly-arrived waterfowl. Our short stint out into the field provided us with a number of great birds, the highlights being an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and ten female-type Black Scoters at the Reef.

Lesser Black-backed Gull (second bird from foreground)

Lesser Black-backed Gull (second bird from foreground)

Other good birds at the Reef included fifteen White-winged Scoters (by far the most dependable scoter species at this location, and usually present throughout the winter), and forty scaup sp., too far out for specific ID (although most birds appeared to be Lessers).

Moving on to Ash Creek, we noted a loudly-calling Greater Yellowlegs flying down the creek, closely followed by two Peregrine Falcons. Two Laughing Gulls were also present at the “Upper” section, near the Metro Conservation Area. The local Belted Kingfisher also made its presence known.

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher


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2 Responses to 11/9 – Fairfield – LBBG, Black Scoters

  1. Betsy says:

    Hi Alex,

    Bruce and I are glad you are back in the field birding. Your birding blog has been greatly missed.
    Keep birding and educating us bird lovers.

    Betsy and Bruce too

  2. marcy klattenberg says:

    Hi Alex,

    All in all – a very good hour of birding! my husband and I stopped at Hammonasset beach State Park this afternoon after running a string of errands and saw the 2 Lapland Longspurs an and an immature Goshawk on the way out – a good few mins also! I am so glad to see your posts again. Marcy

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