Wednesday, October 3, 2007

3 October 2007

Highlights: SHORT-EARED OWL

WEATHER: Today started out with howling winds from the west along with very cloudy skies. Eventually, the skies cleared and the winds died down a little. Temperatures ranged between 15 and 17 Celsius.

DUCKS & GEESE: Very few CANADA GEESE were seen. Duck diversity was decent: GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL were all seen in low numbers. Also seen were REDHEAD and many flocks of SCAUP along with over 250 SURF SCOTERS, nearly 50 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and a couple LONG-TAILED DUCKS.

LOONS & GREBES: It was relatively quiet for loons today; less than 30 COMMON LOONS were seen along with a couple RED-THROATED LOONS. Over 100 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen as well.

SHOREBIRDS: Five species of shorebirds were tallied today; AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SANDERLING, and a couple DUNLIN.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen flying SE out over the lake in the first couple hours. It remained quite distant and was not seen coming to shore.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for sunny skies and winds out of the south.

Thanks for checking in,

Cory Gregory
arcticory@gmail.com
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1 comment:

jpohler said...

Glad to have you back.