Monday, August 17, 2009

August 17, 2009

It was a very pleasant day with mostly sunny skies and temps in the lower 70's. The forecast was correct-- winds shifted to NW overnight.

Waterfowl: Red-necked Grebes were moving fairly steadily in the morning with 203 birds recorded. 2 Horned Grebes were seen as well. Teal also put in a good showing with 66 Blue-winged and 36 teal sp. Other species included 8 Common Loons, 2 Mallards and 1 Red-breasted Merganser.

Shorebirds: Shorebird numbers continue to increase. There was a nice group of Sanderling (up to 39 birds) working the point all day as well as 7 Semipalmated Plover, 2 Ruddy Turnstones, 10 Bairds, 3 Semipalmated, and 2 Least Sandpipers. A Solitary Sandpiper was also heard migrating over.

Other: An American Kestrel came in off the lake and the local Merlins, Goshawks, and Sharp-shinneds hunted the point on and off throughout the day.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Bird-man" Tom, keep up the great reports & stay warm-winter like weather is coming your way!!
Take care,
Dr.P (Uncle David)