Chris covered for me on my off day yesterday. It was fairly slow but he had 2 Harlequin Ducks which represent the 5th and 6th Harlequins of the season.
It was mostly cloudy today with light winds out of the NE and temps in the mid 40's. Waterbird movement was good, especially in the morning.
Waterfowl: The most common species were Red-breasted Mergansers (584), Long-tailed Ducks (450), and scaup (about 300). Perhaps the highlight of the morning was 19 Black Scoters, a rather high count for the most uncommon scoter at the point. About a hundred White-wingeds and a Surf were seen. Goldeneye had by far their best day of the fall so far with 40 seen. Loons and Grebes were seen in small numbers.
Gulls/Terns: Nothing besides Herring and Ring-billed. Herrings are outnumbering Ring-billeds more and more with each passing day.
Other: The highlight of the day was a TUFTED TITMOUSE that ventured out to the tip with a group of Chickadees around 1PM. It sat on the sharpie sticks for a second and made a couple passes towards the waterbird shack before working its way back into the woods. It has not been seen since but hopefully it will find the feeders if it is still around. Chris got a few nice pictures of this first WPBO record that can be seen on the sightings blog. Other highlights today included a Black-backed Woodpecker and migrating Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Harrier.