Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Signs of Life, Good Diversity

Things picked up a bit today. We finally had some south winds, and it was otherwise a beautiful day. Overall a nice combination of waterbirds, gulls, shorebirds and songbirds.

Weather: Gorgeous. Sunny, temperatures in the high 50s, with S/SE wind 5-10 mph.

Waterbird Count: 248 RB mergansers, 125 common loons, 41 red-throated loons (including two right over head), 33 WW scoters, 26 common mergansers, 21 greater scaup, 15 lesser scaup, 5 double-crested cormorants, 4 sandhill cranes, 1 RN grebe, 1 LT duck, 1 teal sp.

Shorebirds: The 4 piping plovers are still around. Also 4 short-billed dowitchers, 1 black-bellied plover, 1 killdeer, 1 shorebird sp.

Gulls: 166 bonaparte's gulls winged their way across the bay, headed towards Canada. Also 1 great black backed gull flew right over the shack.

Terns: 2 caspian terns

Other Sightings: Today was much more active than recent days. Other sightings include 19 bobolinks, 50 or so american pipits, an indigo bunting and 3 horned larks. The blue-jay flock continues to grow, I estimated at least 130 over the pines at one point. Warblers included black and white, black-throated green and black-throated blue. Heard but not seen; eastern bluebird and evening grosbeak.

Forecast for tomorrow is for light rain (70% chance) and winds SE 20-30 mph. High of 56. That's very windy. However, the wind direction plus an overcast day could result and a good waterbird flight. It could also just be a miserable day. Guess we'll just have to wait till sunrise to find out..

Andy N
Waterbird Counter

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