Sunday, October 11, 2009

October 11, 2009

It was an absolutely gorgeous morning with a fresh inch of snow and the combination of snow squalls and the sunrise over the lake. Most of the day was cloudy and temps never climbed out of the 30's.

Waterfowl: Another fairly steady movement. White-winged Scoters were the most common waterbird with 169 seen. About the same number of Red-breasted Mergansers were seen as well as about 100 Red-necked Grebes. Loons are still moving-- 30 Common and 3 Red-throated were seen. Mallards were once again the most common dabbler among 5 species of dabblers with 26 seen. Scaup/Aythya were way down from the previous two days-- only about 100 were seen today.

Shorebirds: Not today.

Other: The highlight of the day was two Short-eared Owls coming in off the lake during the morning. The first Snow Bunting of the year was also seen which seemed way too appropriate for today's setting.

Thanks again to all the birders from the Lower Peninsula and Indiana for making this a very fun weekend out at the waterbird count.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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