Friday, August 17, 2007

17 August 2007

WEATHER: The gusty NW winds from yesterday continued today. It was cooler today but by no means "cold". It sprinkled for less than a minute at one point but the dark clouds filtered the sun and the light during the morning was fantastic for lake-watching.

BIRDS: Red-necked Grebes were again the most numerous bird present with over 500 seen. Some of both B-W and G-W Teal were seen along with White-winged Scoters, Common Loons, Red-breasted and Common Mergansers. In fact, a family of very young Common Mergansers are seen daily braving the rough surf near shore.

Shorebirds tallied today included Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Sanderling (there were 4 SAND last evening at the point).

A somewhat odd sight was a Common Nighthawk that came in off the bay mid-day, obviously fighting the WNW winds. Other birds seen included Common Tern, Bonaparte's Gull, American Pipit, Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Harrier, and Merlin. I did not note any warblers from the waterbird shack.

More tomorrow,
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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