Three Red-necked Grebes remained off the pier at Avon this afternoon. The scoter and gull flocks have largely dispersed, with open water now abundant offshore. I walked the beach, and counted ~50 deceased waterfowl washed up onshore. Red-breasted Mergansers were the major casualty, along with Redhead (4), Canada Goose (3), Greater Scaup (2), Lesser Scaup (2), Canvasback (1), and White-winged Scoter (1), and half a dozen Ring-billed Gulls. There are also still some ducks in the area that are clearly not up to par healthwise – even the long-staying Red-necked Grebes seem a bit lethargic.
Red-necked Grebe finally showing well
Dead Canvasback in the shadow of the power plant
This Greater Scaup was hanging on the beach, and clearly not doing too well