Thursday, October 1, 2009

October 1, 2009

It was a sunny and chilly day with a brisk breeze out of the north around 15mph. Unfortunately, the north winds did not translate to a waterbird movement.

Waterfowl: Painfully slow. The lone highlight was the first Black Scoter of the season with a group of White-wingeds. 8 White-winged Scoters were seen as well as 19 Red-necked Grebes, a Horned Grebe, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, and only a couple scaup. Loons had a very subpar day as well with 3 Commons and 1 Red-throated seen.

Shorebirds: A pretty good day for variety. Solo Golden Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, and Pectoral Sandpiper were detected.

Other: 2 Merlin and a Sharp-shinned Hawk engaged in an acrobatic battle over the shack this morning which was very fun to watch. Chris found a Northern Saw-whet Owl roosting in the woods.

Looks like the weather is going to change again tomorrow with strong winds out of the East and a chance for rain.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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