Friday, October 2, 2009

October 2, 2009

It was another typical fall day with cloudy skies and a temp in the upper 40's. Winds were strong out of the east between 30 and 40mph.

Waterfowl: It was a tale of two halves with a very active morning and a dead afternoon. The highlight this morning was a good push of Scoters including 178 White-winged and 9 Surf. Red-Breasted Mergansers also made a good push with 101 birds and Pintail were the only dabbler with 15 flying by. Surprisingly, loons were completely absent today and only 4 Red-necked Grebes were seen.

Shorebirds: I was skunked for the first time this fall.

Other: Not active because of the strong winds. A Peregrine Falcon landing close to the shack towards the end of the count was the highlight.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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