Friday, April 24, 2009

Starting to Come Around

Today was a little bit disappointing but water fowl movement did increase. We had a good first couple hours for our Spring Fling tour, but then things came to a screeching halt. Today had the highest count for common loons and we even had some scaup and cormorants thrown into the mix.

Weather: Sunny, with strong winds from the SE. Good visibility all day.

Waterbird Count: 56 sandhill cranes, 15 common loons, 15 common mergansers, 11 common goldeneye, 10 LT ducks, 5 double-crested cormorants, 2 Canada geese, 2 lesser scaup, 2 RB mergansers. Also 7 unidentified ducks.

Shorebirds: First shorebirds officially counted today with 4 killdeer.

Other Sightings: Turkey vultures were very active today, I saw a kettle anywhere from 10-17 above the jack pines most of the day. Also an eastern phoebe on one of the sharpie sticks and a vesper sparrow. Sharpies were zipping around every which way all day so I'm guessing John had a good count.

Forecast for tomorrow is bad. Temperatures in the 40s, with thunderstorms in the morning giving way to steady rain the rest of the day. Also NW winds 10-20 mph. Rain is a possibility the next 4 days, but there's waterfowl to be counted and someone's gotta do it.

Andy N
Waterbird Counter

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