Thursday, August 27, 2009

August 27, 2009

It was a mostly cloudy day with a stiff breeze out of the SE. Considering the poor wind direction, it was a surprisingly good day for waterfowl numbers and variety.

Waterbirds: Red-necked Grebes had their second-best showing of the year with 692 as well as two Horned Grebes. Scoters also had a good day with 11 White-winged Scoters and the first Surf Scoter of the year (as well as 4 more unidentified dark-winged scoters). Other divers included 9 Common Loons, 2 Bufflehead, and the first 2 Lesser Scaup of the season. Dabblers included 20 Blue-winged Teal, 6 Green-winged Teal, and 6 American Wigeon.

Shorebirds: A slow day with several Semipalmated Plovers, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpipers, and Baird's Sandpipers. A Whimbrel flew in after the count and the Piping Plover appears to be gone.

Other: Not much besides a few warblers and a reappearance of the Goshawk.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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