Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September 9, 2009

The string of gorgeous weather continues-- it was sunny today with a high of around 75. Unfortunately, this stagnant weather pattern is starting to result in little activity on the waterbird front.

Waterfowl: Overall it was extremely slow. The highlight was 3 Hooded Mergansers flying with 3 Red-necked Grebes. Hooded Mergansers are rather uncommon here, especially this early in fall. The only species moving in any numbers today was Canada Goose with 351 seen. The only other birds were 20 Red-necked Grebes, 16 Common Loons and single Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, and DC Cormorant.

Shorebirds: It was an OK day but numbers decreased throughout the day. The highlight was the first Lesser Yellowlegs of the fall that flew in during the second hour. Other birds included about 25 Sanderlings (although this number decreased throughout the day), 5 Baird's Sandpipers, and single Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers and a Least Sandpiper.

Other: Very quiet. Chris had a good passerine day and a few times some of the flocks made it up to the treeline near the shack. White-winged Crossbills and a Pine Siskin were heard from the shack.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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