Saturday, August 30, 2008

August 30, 2008

Highlights: Jaeger Sp., Whimbrels.

WEATHER: A beautiful day at the point! sunny, with light winds out of the South at dawn, then shifting to the North late in the morning.

WATERFOWL: A decent movement of RN Grebes today, with 809 being recorded during the count period (This evening we counted 770 more heading south). Other waterbirds included; WW Scoter, BW & GW Teal, and Am. Wigeon. Loon numbers are still low, but we did have the first RT Loons of the season today.

SHOREBIRDS: The highlight of the day where 2 calling Whimbrels that flew south, past the point in the third and fitfh hours of the count. Shorebird numbers were down from earlier in the week, with only 7 Sanderlings, 2 Semipalmated, 2 Baird's, and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper (after the count), and 2 Black-bellied Plovers. Sadly, for the first day in over a week, I did not have a Buff-breasted Sandpiper today.

Jaegers, Terns; Two Jaegers where seen today, one Juvenal flew south in the fifth hour, and one distant Jaeger flying north in the sixth hour. The first Black Terns of the season came by today, with 1 in the first hour, and 3 in the second hour.

Other birds around the point today, included a juvenal Northern Goshawk, fly over Crossbills, and a Merlin. Overall it was a nice day to be at the Point!

Good Birding,

Tim Baerwald
Waterbird Counter

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