Thursday, August 30, 2007

30 August 2007

Highlights: Jaeger (1)

WEATHER: Clear skies, very light winds out of the NW, and warm temperatures made for a slow day at Whitefish Point. Temperatures ranged from 16-20 Celsius.

WATERFOWL: Low numbers of Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal (70+), Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, White-winged Scoter, Horned Grebe, and Common Loon were seen at the point today. About 320 Red-necked Grebes passed by as well.

SHOREBIRDS: Three species were seen in low numbers: Sanderling, Least Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Baird's Sandpiper.

JAEGERS: The highlight today came in the 2nd hour of the count when I spotted a jaeger to the NW. Instead of zipping by or harassing gulls, it hung out near shore and landed on the water several times. It eventually passed the point leisurely heading southeast.

Some other birds seen from the waterbird shack today included Osprey, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, and American Robin.

More tomorrow!
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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