Saturday, August 29, 2009

August 29, 2009: Buff-breasted Sandpiper

It was a miserable day with steady moderate rain and 20-25mph East winds.

Waterfowl: Did not want to fly in this weather. The only brave migrants were 4 Red-necked Grebes and a single White-winged Scoter and American Wigeon.

Gulls/Terns: A gorgeous juvenile Bonaparte's Gull stopped by for a little bit in the morning.

Shorebirds: The highlight of the day was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper which showed up during the 4th hour. It associated with peeps and lingered for the rest of the count. 2-3 American Golden Plovers also stopped by as well as 7 Semipalmated Plovers and a handful of other peeps.

Other: A dozen Cliff Swallows came in off the lake during the last hour.

My hopes are high for tomorrow as the rain clears out and the winds shift to the north!

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

1 comment:

Sean Fitzgerald said...

Ah man it can't be miserable when you've got a BBSA keeping you company out there! Hope you brought good rain gear, you're gonna need it.