Wednesday, August 29, 2007

29 August 2007

Highlights: Jaeger Sp. (3), Buff-breasted Sandpiper (7), Red-necked Grebe (3300+)

WEATHER: Light to moderate winds were out of the NW all day. Fog present during the first couple hours limited visibility but it burned off later in the day. Temperatures were between 18-20 Celsius.

WATERFOWL: Once again, the first recent day with NW winds proved to have good diversity and good numbers of migrants. Over 3,300 Red-necked Grebes were tallied today including two different hours with 1,000 plus. About 20 Horned Grebes passed by as well. We had numbers of Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal (100), Northern Shoveler, and Green-winged Teal. Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter, and Surf Scoter were all seen as well. In addition, both Red-throated and Common Loons (60+) were seen today.

SHOREBIRDS: Nine species of shorebirds were tallied today including Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper (10+), and some yellowlegs. A highlight was a total of 7 Buff-breasted Sandpipers seen today, 6 of which were seen at one time.

JAEGERS: The NW winds brought multiple jaegers by the point. They came in the 4th, 5th, and 7th hours. For the most part, they followed the same line of travel, coming in over the lake from the north or northwest and disappearing to the east or southeast. All three were different in degree of darkness, the first being a very dark individual, the last being a rather lighter shade. Only one jaeger was seen in hot pursuit of a gull but the chase was rather prolonged and quite aerobatic.

Several flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls, tern species, and even our first goose flock of the fall also came by.

Thanks to all of those who were out at the point today helping point out birds.

More tomorrow!
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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