Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August 25, 2009

It was a cloudy and windy day with a thunderstorm that hit around noon. The winds were strong out of the south which put a damper on the waterbird movement.

Waterfowl: Only 54 Red-necked Grebes and 7 Common Loons. One mixed flock of ducks yielded the first Shoveler, American Wigeon, and Greater Scaup of the year. Besides a few teal, all else was very quiet.

Shorebirds: The Piping Plover remains but the Whimbrel streak finally broke at 4 days. The only other species present were normal peep species (including up to 11 Baird's) and a Semipalmated Plover.

Other: Very slow for passerines as well, mainly because the strong winds made hearing chip notes very difficult. A Ruby-throated Hummingbird coming in off the lake was probably the most interesting bird in this category.

Hopefully I'll have more to report tomorrow...

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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