Thursday, August 20, 2009

August 20, 2009

The day started out with driving rain and 20mph winds out of the SE gusting close to 30mph. Thankfully, after a couple hours, the rain let up and the winds settled down a little bit.

Waterfowl: Not much flying into the headwind. 8 Common Loons and 3 Red-necked Grebes were it besides the resident family of Common Mergansers.

Gulls/Terns: 2 adult Bonapartes Gulls and 8 Common Terns didn't seem to mind the heavy rain and migrated by early in the morning. 2 Caspian Terns loafed on the beach during the afternoon.

Shorebirds: A Black-bellied Plover and Ruddy Turnstone briefly stopped at the point when the rain stopped and were not seen again. After assuming that yesterdays Piping Plover was gone, it flew in with 15 minutes left in the count to prove me wrong.

Other: Not much at all with the poor weather conditions. My friend the local juvenile Goshawk is still seen hunting near the tree line regularly.

Tomorrows forecast looks eerily simular to todays....

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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