Saturday, September 12, 2009

September 12, 2009

It was another gorgeous day with temps around 75 and a breeze out of the SE.

Waterfowl: Overall it was pretty slow but it was the best day of the fall so far for Common Loons with 91 seen. They even outnumbered Red-necked Grebes (85). Red-breasted Mergansers are also moving now with 28 seen. A few scoters flew by-- 9 White-wingeds and a Surf. Dabblers included 10 Wigeon, 6 Green-winged and 2 Blue-winged Tealand a few Shoveler, Mallard, and Gadwall.

Gulls/Terns/Jaegers: A Jaeger was seen very far away during the 4th hour and 17 Common Terns were seen.

Shorebirds: Another very quiet shorebird day with 15 Sanderlings and solo Golden, Black-bellied, and Semipalmated Plovers.

Other: The group of Blue Jays at the end of the point has grown to over 80 birds. It was fun to watch a Merlin dive at them as if it wanted them to stay out of its hunting territory. Other highlights included a nice flyover Peregrine Falcon and Goshawk, 5 Red Crossbills, and the first Horned Lark of the season.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

1 comment:

dark and light said...

FYI Tom on other parts of Lake Superior...

http://colderbythelakebirding.blogspot.com/2009/09/red-necked-phalaropes.html