Thursday, September 6, 2007

6 September 2007


WEATHER: The winds were light-moderate out of the SW most of the day. Temperatures were warm, ranging from 20-25 Celsius. Skies were hazy/cloudy at the start but they eventually cleared to sunny skies. However, clouds came in the last two hours of the count.

WATERFOWL: During the first couple hours, several small flocks came through giving me the false impression that the rest of the day could be great! Things nearly came to a halt by the end of the count though. Species seen included 10+ AMERICAN WIGEON, 5+ MALLARD, 5+ BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL. A COMMON GOLDENEYE zoomed past the point in addition to 25+ COMMON LOONS, 1 RED-THROATED LOON, 30+ RED-NECKED GREBES, and even a couple HORNED GREBES.

SHOREBIRDS: There was low diversity today, only three species were seen. However, the recent waves out of the bay deposited a thick line of dead vegetation along the bay shore and SANDERLING (35+) were common throughout the day. Also tallied was a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and a couple BAIRD'S SANDPIPER.

RAPTORS: The SW winds made it a decent day for raptors at the point. Some highlights included a PEREGRINE FALCON (pictured below) that buzzed the point for a little while, harassing some gulls. A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK also came out and circled the point.

Other birds at the point today included a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and several large flocks of BLUE JAYS and AMERICAN ROBINS. Although not out by the waterbird shack, a highlight for me was a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO that Chris Neri found inland.

The forecast for tomorrow is calling for more gusty south winds and rain. We'll see what drops in.

More tomorrow,
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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