Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11, 2009

The gorgeous weather continues as well as winds out of the Southeast and slow waterbird movement.

Waterfowl: Common Loons had their best day of the year with 57 detected. Other divers included 116 Red-necked Grebes, 9 Horned Grebes, 5 Common Mergansers, and a single Common Goldeneye and White-winged Scoter. It was a poor dabbler day but the first 2 Northern Pintail of the season were seen. Others included 10 Wigeon, 10 Blue-winged and 11 Green-winged Teal, and 3 Mallards.

Shorebirds: A very slow day for shorebirds. Only 8 Sanderling, 2 Black-bellied Plovers, and a flyover Solitary Sandpiper.

Other: 2 Sandhill Cranes migrated over early and 2 Northern Harriers came in off the Lake during the morning. A few swallows came in off the lake throughout the day-- all were Barn or Cliff Swallows.

It looks like the calm, warm weather will last until at least Wednesday.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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