Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September 29, 2009- Geese, GBB Gull, Jaeger

As soon as I stepped out of my car this morning I could hear the lake roaring. As advertised, the gales finally hit last night and continued through the day. Winds were sustained out of the north around 25mph and probably gusted to around 50mph at times.

Waterfowl: Things started slow but really picked up in the afternoon. The highlight was an excellent goose flight during the last three hours of the count. 2482 Canada Geese and 12 Cackling Geese were counted, all in this three hour period. Loons also had a good flight during this time with 105 Commons and a few Red-throateds seen. It was a pretty slow day for other ducks but a few highlights were around 70 Scaup, 22 Pintail, 9 Black Ducks, and 3 Long-tailed Ducks.

Gulls/Terns/Jaegers: Glen Belyea and Tex Wells found an adult Great Black-backed Gull on the breakwall in the harbor which could be seen through a scope from the point. Chris and I watched a juvenile jaeger work the wave troughs from north to south but it never cam close enough to ID.

Shorebirds: The only shorebird was one American Golden Plover.

Other: a Peregrine Falcon (possibly 2) made a couple passes over the point during the afternoon.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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