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Birdwalk Highlights for 2/24: Town Landing Tour

With blustery winds beginning to whip up, we decided to seek the shelter of our classic "Town Landing Tour," traveling from Freeport to Falmouth.

We started off with a bang with an unexpected immature male LESSER SCAUP at the Freeport Town Wharf, followed by a distant drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE from the Haraseekett Yacht Club. A total of 4 BALD EAGLES was another highlight for the outing.

As we covered the series of sites to and from Freeport, we kept a running tally of waterbirds. 191 BUFFLEHEADS and 95 COMMON EIDERS led the way, followed by 68 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 55 CANADA GEESE, 50 HERRING GULLS, 42 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 30 MALLARDS, 23 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 15 COMMON LOONS, 14 SRUF SCOTERS, a total of 4 COMMON MERGANSERS from three different places, 4 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 4 RING-BILLED GULLS, 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 1 MALLARD x AMERICAN BLACK DUCK HYBRID, and 1 uncooperative RED-THROATED LOON.

Meanwhile, some of our landbirds this morning included two groups of DARK-EYED JUNCOS for a total of 27, a flock of about 20 WILD TURKEYS, a single SONG SPARROW, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, and 1 RED-TAILED HAWK.

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