Saturday, August 18, 2007

18 August 2007

WEATHER: Light winds were variable out of the south. Temperature ranged from 13 to 20 Celsius. Overall, very warm and calm! The heat made visibility tough in the late morning and early afternoon.

WATERBIRDS: Things were very slow today! The Red-necked Grebe numbers didn't even make it to 30. Besides the resident Common Loons and Common Mergansers, the only other waterfowl I saw moving was a Horned Grebe and White-winged Scoter.

SHOREBIRDS: The bay side of the point was active throughout the day with a variety of shorebirds. Most numerous were Semipalmated Sandpipers but Semipalmated Plovers, Least Sandpipers, Sanderlings, and Baird's Sandpipers (see photo) were all seen. Also, the first Ruddy Turnstone of the season spent an hour or two in the area.

Some other birds that made appearances today included Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Bonaparte's Gull, and Great Blue Heron.

The Gift Shop feeders had a single Mourning Dove, a brood of young White-throated Sparrows, and a couple White-crowned Sparrows.

More tomorrow,

Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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