Highlights: JAEGER SP. (1), BLACK SCOTER (2), NORTHERN SHRIKE (1)
WEATHER: Constant rain showers. In fact, it was raining every second of the 8 hour count except for 5 minutes! Gale-force winds were out of the SE for most of the count and the temperature was steady at 13-14 Celsius. Due to the constant wind and rain, visibility wasn't excellent (but it wasn't terrible either).
DUCKS & GEESE: Some of the species tallied today included LESSER SCAUP (2), LONG-TAILED DUCK (15+), RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (50+), WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (25+), SURF SCOTER (6), and BLACK SCOTER (2).
LOONS & GREBES: Ten COMMON LOONS and a couple RED-THROATED LOONS passed by while 18 RED-NECKED GREBES and 6 HORNED GREBES were also seen.
SHOREBIRDS: No shorebirds were seen today.
JAEGERS: A distant JAEGER SPECIES was spotted during the 3rd hour of the count. It didn't seem too daunted by the winds, it still chased several gulls offshore. Presumably the same bird, a jaeger was spotted again in the 7th & 8th hour.
Only 6 other species were observed from the waterbird shack today: ROCK PIGEON (7), SNOW BUNTING, NORTHERN SHRIKE (1), AMERICAN CROW, COMMON RAVEN, and RED-TAILED HAWK.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for rain showers and gusty winds from the south. Weee!
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