Tuesday, October 16, 2007

16 October 2007

Highlights: PARASITIC JAEGER (1)

WEATHER: The day started out with cloudy skies, moderate to strong winds out of the SE, and decent visibility. However, rain moved in during the last two hours of the count and the temperature started to drop again. Temperatures ranged from 8-11 Celsius.

DUCKS & GEESE: A mixture of things came past the point today although nothing in record-breaking numbers. Species included GADWALL, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. About 400 Aythya passed by which was composed of REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, and LESSER SCAUP. As expected, all three scoter species were seen again today: WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (90), SURF SCOTER (37), and BLACK SCOTER (16). Some other species tallied included BUFFLEHEAD (10), COMMON GOLDENEYE, both usual mergansers, and nearly 200 LONG-TAILED DUCKS.

LOONS & GREBES: Less than 50 COMMON LOONS and a couple RED-THROATED LOONS were seen passing by and less than 30 RED-NECKED GREBES and a couple HORNED GREBES were tallied today.

SHOREBIRDS: One SANDERLING was seen foraging at the point early this morning.

JAEGERS: A non-adult intermediate-morph PARASITIC JAEGER came zipping along the beach during the 5th hour. Since the bird came in quite close to shore, we had great and relatively lengthy looks. It harassed at least two different gulls during its pass through.

Some of the other species counted from the waterbird shack included SNOW BUNTING, HORNED LARK, CHIPPING SPARROW, COMMON REDPOLL, EVENING GROSBEAK, and RED-TAILED HAWKS.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for fog, a chance of rain, and moderate south winds.

Thanks for checking in,

Cory Gregory
Waterbird Counter

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