Saturday, May 2, 2009

Good Loon Flight

Weather conditions were so-so today, with winds coming straight out of the west (with occasional shifts to the S, NW and E). Not great variety or numbers in terms of duck species but the loons had their best day yet for the spring 09 count.

Weather: Cloudy in the morning, turned into a mostly sunny day. Temperatures into the 40s, with winds up to 15 mph mostly from the W. I should note the wind was a little wacky today, starting out from the S, at one point stopping completely before shifting its way to the W.

Waterbird Count: 104 loons: 97 common and 7 red-throated. Mixed in were 13 common mergansers, 11 RN grebes, 10 greater scaup, 5 RB mergansers, 5 wood ducks, 2 LT ducks, 2 Am. widgeon, 2 Canada geese, 1 northern shoveler.

Shorebirds: 1 greater yellow-leg

Other Sightings: A short-eared owl made its way around the point once or twice before disappearing into the jack pines. Aside from that not much, the day slowed down considerably once the winds picked up.

Tomorrow's forecast is almost identical to today's. Possible rain in the AM turning into sun. Winds from the W 10 to 20 mph, and temperatures into the upper 40s. That's a pretty gusty wind, and unless it shifts to the south or lets up I don't imagine tomorrow will be a big day. Although, seeing as the loons did well today I have no reason to believe they won't have good numbers again tomorrow. Dare I even hope for an improvement?

Andy N
Waterbird Counter

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