Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October 14, 2009

Another mostly cloudy and cool day with some scattered flurries. Winds were very light today which was very welcomed after the past couple weeks.

Waterfowl: A good morning and a slow afternoon. Scaup/Aythya made a nice push with almost 1000 seen during the first half of the day. Long-tailed Duck moved by in respectable numbers again with 259 seen. Red-breasted Mergansers also had a decent day with 211 seen. It was a good loon day with 32 Common and 8 Red-throated. All three species of scoters were seen including 4 close Black Scoters and a few Red-necked Grebes were seen each hour. Dabblers had a good day, especially Mallards, with 49 seen and Green-winged Teal with 14.

Shorebirds: Another 4 species day which you can't complain with this late in the fall. 10 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, a Golden Plover, and a Black-bellied Plover.

Other: The "other" category was the highlight of the day. Best bird was the first Northern Shrike of the fall, a juvenile. 2 Black-backed Woodpeckers spent some time on the merlin pole and a Pileated Woodpecker uncharacteristically flew out very close to the shack which is always a treat.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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