Monday, September 24, 2007

24 September 2007

Highlights: Loggerhead Shrike (see below)

WEATHER: Moderate south winds brought warm temperatures (16-22 Celsius). Visibility was decent for the first half of the day but a haze set in later in the count.

DUCKS & GEESE: The south winds slowed the birds to a degree, numbers were not very high. Over 140 CANADA GEESE were seen today in addition to just a few GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Some Aythya trickled through including LESSER SCAUP, GREATER SCAUP, and REDHEAD. It WAS a decent day for scoters; over 130 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS passed by and a handful of SURF SCOTERS as well. Both COMMON GOLDENEYE and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen migrating by as well.

LOONS & GREBES: The south winds really held back the grebes, only 7 RED-NECKED GREBES were tallied. Over 40 COMMON LOONS and 5+ RED-THROATED LOONS passed by.
SHOREBIRDS: A couple AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen in addition to a handful of SANDERLINGS.

Some other birds seen from the waterbird shack included BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER, MERLIN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, AMERICAN PIPIT, and HAIRY WOODPECKER.

The buzz around the point today was Chris Neri's find, a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. For a photo of the bird, please visit

The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for rain and light south winds becoming west. Who knows what that means in terms of birds!

Good Birding!
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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