Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 1, 2009- Jaeger

September started the same way August ended-- with absolutely gorgeous weather. Temps approached 70 degrees and winds were fairly light out of the NW.

Sunrise over Lake Superior

Waterfowl: It was another good day for Blue-winged Teal with 117 recorded. Other dabblers included 13 Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, a few Green-winged Teal, and an individual Mallard and American Black Duck. It was a so-so day for Red-necked Grebes with 203 and Common Loons with 17. 4 Horned Grebes were also recorded.

Gulls/Terns/Jaegers: We watched a very distant jaeger during the last hour of the count but the bird worked its way towards the Soo and never came close to land. Hopefully a sign of things to come.

Shorebirds: Pretty quiet, probably because the beach was under the constant surveillance of a Merlin, Peregrine, and Goshawk during the morning. 2 American Golden Plovers that briefly landed during the 4th hour were the highlight.

Other: It was a great day for raptors with 9 species seen from the shack including all three falcon species, Goshawk and Sharp-shinned Hawk, and even a mini-kettle of about a dozen Broad-winged Hawks.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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