Friday, September 25, 2009

September 25, 2009- Pacific Loon

Today marked a fairly substantial change in the weather-- temps were cooler (around 60), skies were cloudy, and the wind was strong (around 25mph) out of the SE. The winds meant that most of the birds flying were rather close.

Waterfowl: The highlight of the day was an alternate plumaged PACIFIC LOON that flew by during the first hour of the count. It was an ok day for other loons as well with 51 Commons and 16 Red-throateds. Other highlights were the first Long-tailed Ducks of fall (10) and the best numbers of White-winged Scoters (68) and Red-breasted Mergansers (78) yet. It was a slow grebe day with 16 Red-neckeds and 1 Horned and a pretty slow dabbler day with a dozen Pintail and a couple Gadwall, Mallard, Wigeon and Green-winged Teal.

Shorebirds: Pretty slow-- 2 Black-bellied Plovers, a Golden Plover, and 8 Sanderlings.

Other: Not much as birds near the tree line were hard to detect from the shack because of the wind. Numbers of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs are noticeably building.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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