Thursday, October 25, 2007

25 October 2007


WEATHER: Today was a beautiful day to be outside! It was sunny and clear with a light-moderate wind out of the south. The temperatures were slightly cool, ranging from 6-11 Celsius.

OVERALL MOVEMENT: The south winds REALLY shut things down today. After the big flight yesterday due to the north winds, today acted as a giant cork in the migration. No species of migrants were seen every hour. The most numerous bird was Long-tailed Duck (420+).

DUCKS & GEESE: The variety today was very low. Species seen today included MALLARD, less than 45 Aythya, and 30 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Also counted were COMMON GOLDENEYE (10+), BUFFLEHEAD (6), RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (30+), COMMON MERGANSERS (11), and LONG-TAILED DUCK (420+).

LOONS & GREBES: Less than 10 COMMON LOONS were seen and no RED-THROATED LOONS were tallied. Ten RED-NECKED GREBES passed by as well as 3 HORNED GREBES.

SHOREBIRDS: No shorebirds were seen.

A lone TURKEY VULTURE was seen late in the count soaring with a RED-TAILED HAWK.

Some of the other species seen from the waterbird shack included NORTHERN SHRIKE (1), MERLIN, NORTHERN HARRIER, SNOW BUNTING, HORNED LARK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and COMMON REDPOLL.

WEATHER FORECAST FOR TOMORROW: Winds out of the south, a high of 53, and increasing clouds with a chance of rain after 2 pm.

Good Birding,

Cory Gregory

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