Saturday, October 17, 2009

October 17, 2009

It was a rare windless day out at the point and in the afternoon mostly cloudy skies gave way to lake-effect snow and sleet squalls. Temps were around 40.

Waterfowl: A decent day but slower than the last few days. Red-breasted Mergansers put in another good showing with 466 individuals seen. 105 Long-tailed Ducks were seen and Goldeneye had their best day of the year with about 50 seen. 39 Common Loons were seen but no Red-throateds for the first time in a couple weeks. About 100 scaup/aythya were seen as well. The dabbler season continues to wind down, only a few were seen today.

Shorebirds: None

Gulls/Terns: Nothing interesting but Herring Gulls seemed to be migrating a little bit.

Other: Winter finches are reclaiming the point and their presence can be felt at the shack as well-- Evening Grosbeaks, both crossbills, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch were seen/heard.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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