Highlights: PARASITIC JAEGER (1), WHIMBREL (1), BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (3), FORSTER'S TERN (1)
WEATHER: We had rain showers for the first three hours while winds were very light from the south. Later, the wind picked up as it changed to northerly. Temperatures ranged from 15-18 Celsius and skies remained very cloudy making visibility great.
DUCKS & GEESE: Most notable in this category was a good push of CANADA GEESE (600+). We also had a couple of MALLARD, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. A SCAUP and a couple WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were also tallied.
LOONS & GREBES: Nearly 150 COMMON LOONS and 7 RED-THROATED LOONS passed by at a pretty constant rate. A couple of HORNED GREBES passed by mid-count while over 85+ RED-NECKED GREBES were seen.
SHOREBIRDS: It was a good day for shorebirds at the point with 10 species tallied. The highlights included a lone WHIMBREL, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS. A couple BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, a SEMIPALMTED PLOVER, and 5 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen in addition to a couple RUDDY TURNSTONES, SANDERLING, LEAST SANDPIPER, and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER.
JAEGERS/TERNS: Our 11th jaeger of the season came today and put on a show by chasing a gull for a bit. This juvenile PARASITIC JAEGER looked like an intermediate between intermediate and light morph (it was distinctly lighter than the Parasitic Jaeger yesterday). A juvenile FORSTER'S TERN came by in the 2nd hour which represents the 2nd sighting this fall.
RAPTORS: A PEREGRINE FALCON terrorized the point for several minutes early in the count while a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, MERLIN, NORTHERN HARRIER, BALD EAGLE, and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK were also seen today.
Some other birds tallied from the shack included LAPLAND LONGSPUR, AMERICAN PIPIT, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and SAVANNAH SPARROW.
It looks as if the winds will remain light out of the north through the night and into tomorrow.
We'll see what drops in!