Highlights: TUNDRA/TRUMPETER SWAN (1)
WEATHER: The winds were light to moderate out of the ESE most of the day giving warmer temperatures and great visibility. Temperatures ranged from 9-13 Celsius and skies were mostly cloudy.
DUCKS & GEESE: Always a nice sighting, a TUNDRA/TRUMPETER SWAN was seen flying between the shack and the lighthouse during the third hour today. A handful of AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and MALLARDS were seen in addition to a couple NORTHERN PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Aythya numbers were moderate (about 200 birds) with RING-NECKED DUCKS and both LESSER and GREATER SCAUP being seen. Again, all three scoter species were tallied: WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (120+), SURF SCOTER (99), and BLACK SCOTER (20). Some other duck species included BUFFLEHEAD (9), COMMON GOLDENEYE (4), LONG-TAILED DUCK (7), and some mixed numbers of RED-BREASTED and COMMON MERGANSERS.
LOONS & GREBES: Nearly 60 COMMON LOONS were tallied along with a couple RED-THROATED LOONS. Nearly 80 RED-NECKED GREBES were also counted with a handful of HORNED GREBES.
SHOREBIRDS: No shorebird species were seen during the count, however, a single WILSON'S SNIPE flushed in front of me on my walk out early this morning.
GULLS/JAEGERS: No jaegers were seen today but 10 BONAPARTE'S GULLS did come by.
RAPTORS: Both an adult and juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK made a pass this morning along with ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, BALD EAGLE, and several RED-TAILED HAWKS.
Some of the other species seen from the waterbird shack included SNOW BUNTING, HORNED LARK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and a slew of DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for rain showers and moderate east winds.