Sunday, September 2, 2007

2 September 2007

Highlight: Northern Goshawk

WEATHER: Gusty winds from the SW made for warm temperatures and little migration.

WATERFOWL: The numbers were way down today. Species seen included Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, and Green-winged Teal. The usual Common Mergansers and Common Loons were seen as well as only 7 Red-necked Grebes!

SHOREBIRDS: Numbers of shorebirds were down as well. Semipalmated Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs, Sanderling (15+), Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Baird's Sandpiper were seen.

RAPTORS: A nice diversity of raptors were present at the point (perhaps because of the funneling effect of the south winds?). A local Merlin snacked on several birds today including a Sanderling and a couple warblers. Otherwise, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Broad-winged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, and a juvenile Northern Goshawk were seen.

Some other random birds seen at the point included Purple Finch, Cliff Swallow, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and American Pipit.

More tomorrow!
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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