Sunday, August 23, 2009

August 23, 2009: Big Red-necked Grebe push

It was a mostly cloudy day with light to moderate winds out of the north.

Waterfowl: By far the highlight of the day was the number of Red-necked Grebes that were seen flying by. The highest numbers moved through in mid-morning when I counted 568 during the third hour of the count, 410 during the fourth hour, and 377 during the fifth hour. The total for the day reached 2313 birds, beating last fall's high count by over 700 birds! It surprised me that there was this big of a push in August. Other waterfowl included 32 White-winged Scoters, 7 Horned Grebes, 17 Common Loons, the first Common Goldeneye of the fall, and a small assortment of dabblers.

Gulls/Terns: Still quiet on the gull front but 19 Common Terns moved through, all in the sixth hour.

Shorebirds: Another pretty shorebird day. A lone Whimbrel was present making this 3 days in a row for this species and the juvenile Piping Plover was still present as well. A Ruddy Turnstone and Black-bellied Plover were mixed in with the peeps.

Other: Two groups of White-winged Crossbills flew over and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird flew in from the lake.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Now that's a lot of dem red-necks in the North-hay? Tom, you better be watching for them two-legged red-necks too! Them dar red-necks might have to use your shack-haha!! Keep up the great stories and counts. If you get a free weekend, come on down here by us southern red-necks for some steaks & beers!
Take care,