Monday, September 28, 2009

September 28, 2009

Well, Lake Superior had a curveball up her sleeve today. Either the weathermen botched the forecast or the gale-force winds and heavy rain are late. It was a very calm morning with the wind gradually picking up to a breeze out of the NW by the afternoon and the only sign of rain throughout the day was a few sprinkles.

Waterfowl: A pretty slow day but another decent Wigeon day with 73 seen. Other dabblers were 28 Mallard, 2 Black Ducks, and a few Shoveler, Pintail, and Green-winged Teal. Aythya showed in low numbers today and grebes and loons also showed in low to moderate numbers. The highlight was a hen Hooded Herganser, a rather uncommon bird here.

Gulls/Terns/Jaegers: Chris and I saw a probable distant jaeger in the afternoon but it was way too far to even think about ID'ing.

Shorebirds: 15 Sanderling, a couple Golden Plovers, and a late flyover Solitary Sandpiper.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter


dark and light said...

WHAT is Aythya?????

WPBO said...

The family composed of Scaup, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, and Canvasback. When I use the term I am usually referring to scaup/redhead