Highlights: SABINE'S GULL
WEATHER: Today had it all. It started out with cloudy skies, moderate winds out of the south, and low visibility. A couple hours into the count it started raining along with heavy wind gusts. The skies then promptly cleared to a cloudless blue within minutes. Late in the count, the west winds were tremendous and blowing sand was a serious issue. Temperatures ranged from 18-23 Celsius.
DUCKS & GEESE: It was slow all day. An AMERICAN WIGEON passed by along with a couple MALLARDS, and a couple NORTHERN PINTAIL. Pretty slim pickings!
LOONS & GREBES: Only about 15 COMMON LOONS were seen along with a couple RED-THROATED LOONS. Less than 10 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen along with a couple HORNED GREBES.
SHOREBIRDS: 15+ SANDERLINGS were seen.
GULLS: A SABINE'S GULL was spotted out from the point in the third hour. The bird remained distant and was only seen on-and-off for 10 minutes or so.
RAPTORS: A nice diversity of birds of prey were around today. MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, and AMERICAN KESTREL were seen along with BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK, and a couple NORTHERN GOSHAWKS.
Some other birds seen from the waterbird shack included AMERICAN PIPIT, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, HORNED LARK, SAVANNAH SPARROW, NORTHERN FLICKER, and DOWNY WOODPECKER.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for moderate north winds. It could be good (no guarantee though)!