Friday, October 12, 2007

12 October 2007

Highlights: Same as yesterday; BLACK SCOTER (28), NORTHERN SHRIKE (4), COMMON REDPOLL (30+)

WEATHER: Winds were less gusty than yesterday but still rather moderate out of the NW. Skies were cloudy and temperatures ranged from 6-7 Celsius. Again, visibility was poor due to the chilly air over the warmer lake.

DUCKS & GEESE: The count was very slow today which was rather surprising considering the wind direction. Nonetheless, AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, RING-NECKED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, LONG-TAILED DUCK (380+), and COMMON GOLDENEYE were counted. All three scoters were seen again: WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (350), SURF SCOTER (120+), and BLACK SCOTER (28). No geese were seen/heard.

LOONS & GREBES: It was very slow for loons today; less than 15 COMMON LOONS and only 1 RED-THROATED LOON. The winds helped RED-NECKED GREBES a little though, over 150 were tallied along with several HORNED GREBES.

SHOREBIRDS: SANDERLING (3) was the only shorebird species seen today.

RAPTORS: Hawks have been rather quiet. However, PEREGRINE FALCON, MERLIN, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and RED-TAILED HAWK were seen today.

Some of the other birds seen from the waterbird shack included NORTHERN SHRIKE (3 adults & 1 juvenile), COMMON REDPOLL (flock of 30+), SAVANNAH SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, HAIRY WOODPECKER, and the usual LAPLAND LONGSPURS, HORNED LARKS, and AMERICAN PIPITS.

Although not right at the point, several LAPLAND LONGSPURS and HORNED LARKS were foraging in the grass lawn at the Shipwreck Museum this afternoon. Keep your eyes peeled!

The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for northwest winds and a 40% chance of rain.

Good Birding,
Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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