Camp Hog Island 6/16/14

Last week, I attended the National Audubon Society’s Camp Hog Island a second time. On the first day, we did a “shakedown cruise” in the boat around some of the areas close to Hog Island like Scoter Hole and Greenland Cove. The highlight was seeing all three species of scoter together, two of which – White-winged and Surf – were lifers.  Other highlights were seeing my first juvenile Black Guillemot and the usual Common Eiders. In the afternoon, we took a hike around Hog Island itself. Nothing much unexpected was seen on this hike but seeing a close up Merlin was the highlight. Below are lists and photos

Greenland Cove:

Birds (16 species, 0 lifers):

Common Eider (Atlantic)  35
Common Loon  5
Double-crested Cormorant  30
Great Blue Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Osprey  5
Bald Eagle  1
Black Guillemot  8 – 1 juvenile
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull (American)  60
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  6
European Starling  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3

Scoter Hole:

Birds (13 species, 2 lifers):

Canada Goose  12     Probably molt migrants from points south.  These were all adults.
Common Eider (Atlantic)  50
*Surf Scoter  12     Appeared to be primarily if not entirely immature birds.
*White-winged Scoter  1
Black Scoter  1     Immature male
Common Loon  6
Double-crested Cormorant  60
Great Blue Heron  3
Osprey  4
Laughing Gull  20
Herring Gull (American)  60
Great Black-backed Gull  12
American Crow  6

Hog Island Hike:

Moths (1 species, 0 lifers):

Luna Moth – appears to have just emerged from chrysallis

Ferns (4 species, 1 lifer):

Bracken Fern

Hay-scented Fern

*Cinnamon Fern

Sensitive Fern

Lichens (1 genus, 0 lifers):

Old Man’s Beard (Usnea)


Old Man’s Beard


Juvenile Black Guillemot


Surf Scoters


Luna Moth


Song Sparrow


Cinnamon Fern


Sensitive Fern