Tuesday, August 28, 2007

28 August 2007

Highlights: Buff-breasted Sandpiper (2)

WEATHER: The day started out with a bang... literally. Some very active lightning storms kept me off the point for the first 40 minutes of the count this morning. Once I was out there though, the skies remained cloudy and the very strong winds out of the south kept the temperatures warm.

WATERFOWL: It was a very slow day for duck migration. I had a handful of Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, Common Mergansers, Common Loons, and only 5 Red-necked Grebes. Late in the day, 3 female Common Goldeneyes buzzed the point.

SHOREBIRDS: Eight species were tallied today including Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Ruddy Turnstone (3), Sanderling (35), Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Baird's Sandpiper. The highlight today was a pair of Buff-breasted Sandpipers that came in with a mixed flock and left shortly after.

GULLS: A flock of 30+ Bonaparte's Gulls flew by the point in the last hour of the count.

More tomorrow!
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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