Wednesday, August 15, 2007

15 August 2007

---Today was the start of the Fall Waterbird Count here at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory---

Today was rather comfortable with temperatures between 17-22 celsius, clear skies, and light-moderate winds out of the NNW.

BIRDS: I was fairly surprised to find hundreds of ducks/grebes on the move already! Nearly 400 Red-necked Grebes were tallied as well as over 100 Common/Red-breasted Mergansers. Some other various waterfowl included Blue-winged Teal, Bufflehead, and Common Goldeneye. I also noted 2 White-winged Scoters which seemed early to me for some reason. It's only mid-August! :-)

Shorebirds were also on the move though not in huge numbers. Semipalmated Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Least Sandpiper were all noted.

Raptors were present as well with Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, and Merlin all making appearences.

Some other various birds were also seen: Great Blue Heron, Bonaparte's Gulls, Common Terns, American Pipits, Pine Siskins, Red Crossbills, etc

More tomorrow,

Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

P.S. I hope to update this blog daily with highlights to assist those of you who wish to visit Whitefish Point this fall! If any of you have suggestions, I would love to hear them. Thanks!

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