Friday, August 31, 2007

31 August 2007

Highlights: Marbled Godwit (1), Buff-breasted Sandpiper (9)

WEATHER: Winds were light out of the southwest, skies were cloudy, and temperatures ranged from 17-23 Celsius. It rained briefly during the early morning.
WATERFOWL: There was decent diversity today including a mix of Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal (100+), Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Common Loon, Common Merganser, and White-winged Scoter (15+). A couple Horned Grebes passed by in addition to 230+ Red-necked Grebes.

SHOREBIRDS: Our highlight today was a Marbled Godwit that came and circled over the point during the 6th hour of the count. Nine other species were tallied today including Black-bellied Plover (photo of juvenile below), Semipalmated Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, and a flock of 8 Buff-breasted Sandpipers.

Some of the other birds seen/heard from the waterbird shack included Osprey, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, and Pine Siskin.
More tomrorow!
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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