Highlights: BLACK SCOTER (8), NORTHERN SHRIKE (1+), COMMON REDPOLL (5)
WEATHER: Winds were pretty gusty out of the north all day giving way to big waves and shaky scopes! Temperatures were cool, 6-11 Celsius, which actually made the visibility rather poor. Skies ranged from totally overcast to partly sunny.
DUCKS & GEESE: Numbers could have been high today but with the poor visibility, who knows. Small numbers of ducks passed including AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARD, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and RING-NECKED DUCK (28). All three scoters were seen; WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (360), SURF SCOTER (100+), and BLACK SCOTER (8). Over 400 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and over 110 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were counted.
LOONS & GREBES: About 50 COMMON LOONS and 3 RED-THROATED LOONS were counted. Over 20 RED-NECKED GREBES and 6 HORNED GREBES were tallied.
SHOREBIRDS: A single AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and 3 SANDERLING were the only shorebirds seen today.
Some other species seen from the waterbird shack today included at least 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE (see photo below), COMMON REDPOLL (5), AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, and the usual larks/longspurs/pipits.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for gusty north winds again with a chance of showers. We'll see what drops in!