Saturday, September 19, 2009

September 19, 2009- Moose

It was another sunny day and winds were light to moderate out of the SE. It was a very slow day for waterbirds overall.

Waterfowl: Very slow-- the species with the best numbers was Canada Goose with 68. Red-necked Grebes put in a poor showing with 27 and Common Loons had roughly the same number. Others included 3 Red-throated Loons, 5 Horned Grebes, 14 White-winged Scoters, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers, and 14 Scaup-- 12 of which were identified as Greater.

Shorebirds: Unfortunately it seems that the shorebird season is really winding down. A dozen sanderlings and an American Golden Plover were all this group could muster today.

Other: By far the highlight of the day was not even a bird. During the 3rd hour of the count a bull Moose walked through the treeline to near the Merlin pole and then back towards the ponds in the woods. Everyone at the waterbird shack had great looks at it as it walked along the treeline. See the sightings blog for some great pictures that Chris took. Moose are present in this area but are rarely seen-- this is only the third time one has been seen from the waterbird shack.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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