Monday, September 3, 2007

3 September 2007

Highlights: Jaeger Sp.

WEATHER: Clear skies, light winds out of the NW, and warm temperatures seemingly wasn't conducive to a big push today.

WATERFOWL: Over twenty Canada Geese, some Gadwall, American Wigeon, a single American Black Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, and Green-winged Teal were seen. White-winged Scoters, Common Merganser, and Red-breasted Merganser were also seen but in low numbers. There was a fairly steady stream of loons throughout the count and we ended up with over 100 Common Loons and a couple Red-throated Loons (my first in several days). Nearly 300 Red-necked Grebes passed the point but mostly in the first 3-4 hours. Eight Horned Grebes also passed.

SHOREBIRDS: Only 4 species were seen and overall numbers were noticeably down. A couple Semipalmated Plovers, about 5 Sanderling, a Baird's Sandpiper, and a Least Sandpiper were seen.

JAEGERS: The highlight today came in the 2nd hour when a close, dark jaeger came down the shoreline. It landed on the water in the glare of the sun and I wasn't able to relocate it later in the day. That brings the jaeger total to 8 birds for the season.

RAPTORS: It was another good day for hawks. At one point, over 50 Broad-winged Hawks were seen kettling overhead. Other raptors seen today include Merlin, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and Bald Eagle.

Some of the other birds seen from the waterbird shack included Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, American Pipit, Red-winged Blackbird, and Belted Kingfisher.

The forecast is calling for rain tonight and tomorrow. We'll see what drops in.

More tomorrow!
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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