Friday, May 22, 2009

Loons Reappear (sort of)

Today was pretty slow again. The loons had their best day in over a week, but overall activity was very sporadic.

Weather: Gorgeous day, sunny, temperatures into the high 50s, with wind NNW 5-10 mph.

Waterbird Count: 60 Common Loons, 8 Red-throated Loons, 48 Red-breasted Mergansers, 31 White-winged Scoters; a few Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Ducks, Double-crested Cormorants, and a Red-necked Grebe in the mix.

Shorebirds: 10 Dunlin, 4 Sanderlings, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Black-bellied Plovers.

Gulls: 17 Bonaparte's, 16 Ring-bills.

Terns: 11 unidentified; they were flying pretty far out and neither myself, Phil or Tom could come up with a species.

Other Sightings: Blue Jays (271), American Goldfinch (13), Eastern Kingbird (3). An Osprey also made an apperance over the water, before heading north up the beach.

Well faithful blog readers I will be taking a few days off. Phil will be doing the count, and he'll either update the blog or I'll pass the results along; either way we'll keep you updated in the days to come.

Andy N
Waterbird Counter

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