WEATHER: The winds were very light out of the NW today. It was nice not having to be huddled behind the shack for once! Skies started out clear but became very cloudy in the 3rd and 4th hour. Several small batches of freezing rain came through but visibility remained decent and temperatures ranged from 7-9 Celsius.
OVERALL MOVEMENT: It was a pretty average day overall although I thought more migrants would pass by. Less than 300 migrant birds were seen total. No species was seen every hour but Long-tailed Duck and Red-necked Grebe came the closest, seen 7 of the 8 hours. The most numerous species was Long-tailed Duck with 150+ seen.
DUCKS & GEESE: The only dabblers seen today were 14 MALLARDS and 1 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. About 15 AYTHYA passed by which included both LESSER and GREATER SCAUP. Over 10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 1 SURF SCOTER, and 3 BLACK SCOTERS were seen. Otherwise, LONG-TAILED DUCKS (150+), COMMON GOLDENEYES (20), BUFFLEHEAD (20+), COMMON MERGANSER (9), and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (60) were seen.
LOONS & GREBES: Two COMMON LOONS and 2 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen in addition to 25 RED-NECKED GREBES and 3 HORNED GREBES.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen today at the point by various observers. It was was last seen flying very high to the southwest.
A SHARP-TAILED GROUSE was seen several times from the waterbird shack today. At one point, the bird turned in flight and buzzed directly over us (10 feet up)!
A nice variety of northern species were tallied from the waterbird shack including PINE GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILL, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, SNOW BUNTING, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, COMMON RAVEN, and COMMON REDPOLL.
WEATHER FORECAST FOR TOMORROW: Mostly cloudy with a chance of sprinkles. Wind will be light out of the SW and the high should be around 47 F.
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