Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September 2, 2009

Another picture-perfect day for weather. The temp topped out in the lower 70's and a cloud was not seen the whole day. Winds were light from the SW.

Waterfowl: Very slow. The only bird that was moving in any numbers was Red-necked Grebe with 233 birds counted. After two very good days for Blue-winged Teal, only 6 were seen today. About an average day for Common Loons with 14.

Shorebirds: Overall very slow but a Black-bellied Plover that stopped by during the second hour and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper that flew in just before the end of the count made up for the lack of numbers. Chris and I went back out to the point this evening with hopes of photographing the Buff-breasted but the bird was nowhere to be found.

Other: A standard mix of warblers near the treeline was just about it. I couldn't resist digiscoping this Ring-billed Gull during my mid-morning boredom:

The forecast calls for another week of absolutely gorgeous weather!

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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