Sunday, October 18, 2009

October 18, 2009

The wind was back today and it was back with a vengance. It was out of the south at around 30mph which put a damper on the waterbird movement.

Waterfowl: Slow compared to the last week or so. Red-breasted Mergansers and Red-necked Grebes were the most common birds with about 50 of each. Only 17 Long-tailed Ducks were seen and loon numbers could not escape the single digits. Amazingly, Black Scoters were more common than White-wingeds today but only 7 and 6 of each were seen respectively.

Shorebirds: A Pectoral Sandpiper flew over during the second hour.

Other: A juvenile Northern Goshawk buzzed the tip early and Merlins put on a show hunting Downy Woodpeckers over the water throughout the day (sorry Darlene).

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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