Sunday, August 26, 2007

26 August 2007

Highlights: Jaeger Sp.

WEATHER: Clear skies, light winds out of the S, and very warm temperatures made for a slow day on the lake.

WATERFOWL: It was overall a very slow day with waterbirds. I did see a couple American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, and Green-winged Teal. I also tallied 10+ Common Loons and 100+ Red-necked Grebes.

SHOREBIRDS: Seven species of shorebirds were seen today although overall numbers were down. They included Semipalmated Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Baird's Sandpiper.

RAPTORS: Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and Broad-winged Hawk were all seen.

For the third day in a row, one of the highlights was a very dark fly-by jaeger. It actually came from the south, flew over the point, and kept going straight north until it was out of sight. Although it was probably a Parasitic, I didn't get the look I would have liked.

Other random birds seen today from the waterbird shack included White-winged Crossbill, Savannah Sparrow, Black-throated Green Warbler, Palm Warbler, and Nashville Warbler.

Pictured below was the sunrise this morning.

More tomorrow!
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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