Monday, August 27, 2007

27 August 2007

Highlights: Whimbrel

WEATHER: The moderate to strong winds out of the south really slowed things down today. The skies were mostly clear and the temperature got up to a very warm 26 Celsius.

WATERFOWL: Numbers were down today overall but I did have a couple small flock of dabblers. Gadwall was the most numerous of the day followed by Blue-winged Teal and Mallard. I saw my first Northern Pintail of the season as well. Also, I had over 50 Red-necked Grebes.

SHOREBIRDS: Six species of shorebirds were seen today including 40 Sanderlings and a smattering of Killdeer, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Baird's Sandpiper. A lone Whimbrel came in and landed briefly at the point during the 3rd hour of the count.

RAPTORS: It was a decent day for diversity. I had Merlin, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and a couple of young Bald Eagles that landed on the ground back near the Jack Pines.

Other random birds seen from the Waterbird Shack included Pileated Woodpecker, Barn Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Black-throated Green Warbler, Palm Warbler, etc.

More tomorrow!
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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