Highlights: HOODED MERGANSER (3), NORTHERN SHRIKE (1)
WEATHER: Very cloudy skies (with some light fog in the morning) kept the count today rather dark and gloomy. Winds were light out of the south most of the day and the temperature ranged from 10-14 Celsius.
OVERALL MOVEMENT: The movement seemed rather average today although the diversity was decent enough. There wasn't much in the way of record-breaking numbers or really exciting birds but that's alright, it was still enjoyable to be out birding. Three species of migrants were seen every hour: Common Loon, Long-tailed Duck, and Red-necked Grebe. The most numerous species was Long-tailed Duck with over 900 seen.
DUCKS & GEESE: Species seen today included MALLARD, GADWALL (9), and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Over 300 Aythya were counted including over 40 REDHEAD. Scoter numbers were a little below average; 100+ WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 9 SURF SCOTERS, and 9 BLACK SCOTERS were seen. This morning had a couple flocks of LONG-TAILED DUCKS and the day ended with over 900 seen. Also counted were COMMON GOLDENEYE (25+), BUFFLEHEAD (125+), RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (175+), and HOODED MERGANSERS (3).
LOONS & GREBES: Over 30 COMMON LOONS were seen along with a lone RED-THROATED LOON. Over 25 RED-NECKED GREBES passed by in addition to 11 HORNED GREBES. Throughout the day, both species of grebes are often seen on the water around the point.
SHOREBIRDS: No shorebirds were seen today.
RAPTORS: Species seen included RED-TAILED HAWK (including another very dark juvenile, nearly all black), BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER (3), NORTHERN GOSHAWK (1 juvenile), SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (1), and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.
Some of the other species seen from the waterbird shack included SNOW BUNTING, HORNED LARK, HAIRY WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE (1), and some large flocks of COMMON REDPOLLS (100+).
WEATHER FORECAST FOR TOMORROW: Rain showers are likely along with gusty winds out of the north. Forecasted high of 49 F. Sounds like a fantastic time!