Waterfowl: Very Slow. Common Loons had their best day of the fall this year with 20 birds, almost all of which were during the first hour. Also seen were a few Red-necked Grebes, Blue-winged Teal, Mallards, and the first two American Black Ducks of the season.
Shorebirds: A very fun day with the shorebirds. By far the highlight was a Whimbrel (see pictures) that flew in about halfway through the count after a rain shower. It enjoyed the pools created by the recent rains and lingered for a couple hours. While I was watching this bird 4 more Whimbrels flew by but never landed. Several other shorebird species were present today including 3 Black-bellied Plovers in almost full breeding plumage and the Piping Plover.
Piping Plover update: I learned from Erin Roche that the Piping Plover is one of the juvenile birds that was born at the point this year. Thanks Erin!
Other: 4 Chimney Swifts and 7 Cliff Swallows came in off the lake and a Vesper Sparrow was hanging out near the waterbird shack.
North winds are forecasted for tomorrow which hopefully will bring some ducks.