Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Spring Count Begins

Weather: Very nice for the first day of the waterbird count. Sunny, clear, temperatures into the mid 50s with a light wind out of the NE that picked up later in the day.

Waterbird Count: Slow as expected. Overall 20 waterfowl counted, most within the first few hours. 3 Common Loons, 3 Common Goldeneye, 3 LT Ducks, 2 Mallards, 2 Canada Geese, 1 American Black Duck, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Common Merganser, 1 Red-breasted Merganser. 3 Sandhill Cranes were the only birds counted the last 5 hours.

Other Sightings: A flock of about 30 American robins spent the morning in the trees behind the shack, flying out over the beach on occasion. The merlin pole had several visitors throughout the morning, including a northern flicker, a yellow-bellied sapsucker and a merlin. We also spotted a bald eagle to the south near the harbor.

Forecast for tomorrow: Mostly sunny, highs in the mid 50s, with SSE winds 5-10 mph.

Andy N
Waterbird Counter

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