Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October 13, 2009- Parasitic Jaeger

It was another mostly cloudy cool day with moderate winds out of the north. Movement was steady, especially in the morning.

Waterfowl: The highlight was the best day of the season so far for Long-tailed Ducks (541) and White-winged Scoters (222). Over 100 Red-breasted Mergansers were seen again as well as modest numbers of grebes and loons. Scaup/Aythya were noticeably uncommon today with only about 100 seen. 6 species of dabblers were seen with Mallard, Green-winged Teal, and American Black Duck being the most common species.

Gulls/Terns/Jaegers: The highlight of the day was a dark or intermediate juvenile Parasitic Jaeger. It came in from the north and milled around towards the tip of the point before turning around and flying back to the north. We hoped to see it again but never did.

Shorebirds: Another good day with 4 species seen. A Greater Yellowlegs flew over early and a nice mixed group spent a little bit of time on the beach in the afternoon composed of 5 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, a Pectoral Sandpiper, and a Black-bellied Plover.

Dunlin & Sanderling: Pectoral Sandpiper:
Other: Not much besides a somewhat late Blue-gray Gnatcatcher calling near the merlin pole.
Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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