The Backshore Bird Blog

October 17 - 23 Sightings

Northern Gannet Diving off Peaks Island This first Backshore Bird Blog will focus on the Northern Gannets (See Northern Gannet Species Account) and the three species of scoters (Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, and White-winged Scoter), a type of sea duck (Scoter Species Accounts). The gannets were blown close to shore by two different storms in October. The scoters migrate here in the autumn far from their summer breeding grounds: Scoter Summer Breeding Ranges Map © Google with modifications Other bird species observed on the Backshore in October will also be listed below. On October 17, two adult Northern Gannets and one immature gannet were seen offshore between Peaks Island and Green Island.

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