Ever since the banishing of the sewage bubble from the St. John's harbour, we have seen almost zero Black-headed Gulls. Ducks and gulls have a propensity for milling around sewage outposts in the ocean. Or in marinas and harbours. Which is why you often see so many gulls near both people and boats. They also enjoy handouts and a bit of scavenging, which we well know. But there is another place in the city where winter gulls are found in abundance. Quidi Vidi Lake plays an important ecological role in the city of St. John's. It is geographically positioned right next to the ocean and is probably a tad brackish (somewhere between saltwater and freshwater) which contributes to it being a hot spot for seabirds and waterfowl. Two small rivers run into the lake and the mouths of these rivers teem with ducks. And almost religiously, different species of ducks choose one of the two river deltas and stay put (besides Mallards, American Black Ducks and Northern Pintail; they're neutral and have claimed the entire lake as their territory).
Let's get into the Capulets and Montagues. At the Virginia River outlet (Capulets) we have this fine American Wigeon mixing it up with some American Black Ducks.
And oops, this guy is not a duck but include him, we shall.
And from the Rennie's Mill River outlet (Montagues) we have these Tufted Ducks.
And Greater Scaup.
And their beautiful female counterparts.
Quidi Vidi Lake always has a plethora of duck species kicking around. What's really great are the wintering gull species. I like to visit once per week in the winter because the selection changes so much. From this week in January I saw Arctic Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls (year-round species).
But also these Iceland Gulls.
And my two bonus round birds from the lake will be:
More photos from St. John's, NL and my field study location, Protection Island, WA soon!