Saturday, December 3, 2011

LaFitte's Cove Bird Report 12-3-11

LaFitte's Cove was quiet in the woods with just Yellow-rumped Warblers, a House Wren and several hummingbirds. Other birders have reported 2 Anna's Hummingbirds in the woods this week, continuing the string of western birds showing up. There weren't even any Kinglets or Gnatcatchers seen.

The ponds had the expected shorebirds - both yellowlegs, willets, peeps but no dowitchers. This Dunlin was a first for me this winter.


Green-winged Teal were the most numerous of the ducks. I have never seen so many before at LaFitte's Cove. Others were Blue-winged Teal, N. Shoveler, Mallard, Mottled, and 2 I had not seen at LaFitte's before - Bufflehead and Lesser Scaup.

Lesser Scaup
A Peregrine Falcon made a couple of passes over the ponds and seemed to delight in scaring the shorebirds and ducks as he dove down twice, but never attempted to catch anything. A Red-shouldered Hawk drifted over the ponds as well.

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