Thursday, September 13, 2007

13 September 2007


WEATHER: Winds were really whipping out of the south all day making for few birds and a sandy mess. Temperatures ranged from 12 to 17 Celsius and the skies were cloudy throughout the count. The slightly warmer temperatures and cloudy skies made visibility excellent throughout the day.

DUCKS & GEESE: It was a slow day in all categories. A couple flocks of CANADA GEESE, a lone WOOD DUCK, and low numbers of MALLARD and AMERICAN BLACK DUCK were tallied. NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and a couple GREATER SCAUP were also tallied. WHITE-WINGED SCOTER numbers are slowly rising and today 30 were seen.

LOONS & GREBES: The count today had loons outnumbering grebes. Nearly 30 COMMON LOONS and 7 RED-THROATED LOONS passed by while a couple HORNED GREBE and only 10 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen.

SHOREBIRDS: Four species were seen including SANDERLING, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (see photo below). The Buff-breasted was a rather cooperative individual, foraging 20 feet from the shack at times.

JAEGERS/TERNS: No definite jaegers were seen (breaking the streak of 6 days in a row) and only 1 COMMON TERN was seen.

Some other birds tallied from the shack included HORNED LARK, AMERICAN PIPIT, and BALD EAGLE.

Tonight the winds are forecasted to move from south to west and tomorrow looks windy and rainy. We'll see if anything drops in.

Good Birding,

Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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