Wednesday, September 26, 2007

26 September 2007

Highlights: PARASITIC JAEGER (1+), SURF SCOTER (360+), BARRED OWL (inland)

WEATHER: Moderate winds were out of the northwest which kept the temperatures somewhat cooler (11-13 Celsius). Skies were cloudy all day and visibility remained decent.

DUCKS & GEESE: Flocks of CANADA GEESE were steady through most hours totaling 560+. Flying with them were at least a couple CACKLING GEESE. Several flocks of AMERICAN WIGEON (70+) along with NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and a WOOD DUCK were also seen. Both GREATER and LESSER SCAUP were recorded today although not in high numbers. The biggest push of the day came from scoters; over 360 SURF SCOTERS were tallied! Near 60 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS also passed by.

LOONS & GREBES: It wasn't a great day for either loons or grebes, around 10 COMMON LOONS were seen and less than 80 RED-NECKED GREBES were counted. RED-THROATED LOON and HORNED GREBE were also tallied, just not in any substantial numbers.

SHOREBIRDS: An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER stopped by the point today. Also seen was a flock of about 20 SANDERLINGS with a single SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.

JAEGERS: At least 1 juvenile PARASITIC JAEGER (see photo below) made several passes by the point today. At times, the bird nearly came over head; great looks were had by all!

A HARRIS'S SPARROW was found foraging along where the treeline meets the beach. This is likely the same bird that was visiting the feeders yesterday.

A roosting BARRED OWL was found inland this morning.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for light south winds and a chance of rain in the afternoon.

Good Birding and thanks for checking in!

Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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