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story + photos by Seth Benz

Now through November is the best time to see migratory waterbirds going south as they pass close by Schoodic Point.

Over the first 35 days of the season, volunteer Amy Kopec amassed 250 hours of observation accumulating a total of 11,479 birds. That’s an early season rate of 46 birds per hour.

Join us! We are sea-watching every day from sunrise to 9 a.m. at Schoodic Point.

Here are the top five species and respective totals thus far:

Double-crested Cormorants: 3,971
a bird flies over ocean water
Northern Gannet: 2,530
Common Eider: 2,003
a bird flies across the sky
Common Loon: 243
two birds fly over the ocean
Surf Scoter: 218