Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September 23, 2009: Loon movement

Winds were out of the north and NW today and early fog and clouds soon vanished, making way for another gorgeous day.

Waterfowl: The best day of the past couple weeks, possibly the best day of the fall. Variety was good and numbers of a few species were very good. Most notable were 86 Red-throated Loons (last fall's high count was 52) and 219 Common Loons. Red-necked Grebes had their best day of the month with 634 counted. It was the best day of the fall so far for Scaup (around 200) and Redhead (45) as well. Scoters also made a decent showing with 32 White-wingeds and a Surf. 5 species of dabblers flew by as well including the second Wood Duck of the fall.

Shorebirds: A Pectoral Sandpiper was present for the first couple hours and the first Baird's Sandpiper in the last couple weeks was present with a few Sanderlings.

Other: It was interesting to see a few Northern Flickers fly in off the lake, lucky for them there were no Peregrines around.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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