Thursday, August 16, 2007

16 August 2007

WEATHER: Windy! Winds were very strong from the NW most of today resulting in clouds of blowing sand at the point but they slowly subsided to just "strong" as the day went on. Temperatures ranged from 16-22* Celsius and were comfortable the whole day.

BIRDS: Overall, the high winds along with the mostly distant birds made identification challenging. Red-necked Grebes continued to pass by the point in numbers today, reaching 450+. The first Red-throated Loon of the season also was seen which is on the early side. (Turns out, the White-winged Scoters from yesterday are right on schedule. I saw another one today). Other various birds included Common Loon, Common Tern, Bonaparte's Gull, both teal species, and many Common Mergansers.

Shorebirds seen today included: Semipalmated Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, and a Sanderling in transitional plumage.

Most other activity was rather hampered due to the strong winds. I'm thankful for the metal guy-lines keeping my shack in place! Otherwise, who knows where it would be by now!

More tomorrow,

Cory Gregory

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