Sunday, October 4, 2009

Highlights:Harlequin Ducks

There has been a large low pressure system slowly moving through the last few days and waterbirds have been relatively slow. Despite the weather there has been a couple notable recent sightings.

Waterbirds: The most regular species over the last two days have been White-winged Scoter and Red-breasted Mergansers with 175 and 163 seen respectively. Also seen in low numbers were American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Common Merganser, Red-throated and Common Loons, and Horned and Red-necked Grebes. There was also two sightings of swans yesterday. Two were seen angling away from the shore before landing way out on the lake and later in the day 7 probable Trumpeters were seen off the tip (top photo). Today 3 female type Harlequin Ducks flew by at medium distance.

Shorebirds: One American Golden-Plover, and 2 Sanderling

Others: Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Bald Eagle, Lapland Longspur, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet along with more of the regular species.

Chris Neri

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