Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 27, 2009- EIDER & LT Ducks

It was a nice morning that turned into a gorgeous afternoon. Winds decreased to almost nothing and the sun broke out occasionally to warm the tip into the lower 50's.

Waterfowl: Another great Long-tailed Duck movement today with an absolutely incredible early morning. 10782 Long-taileds were counted today, about 9000 of which were seen during the first two hours of the count!! Another major highlight of the day was another hen EIDER that flew by with a White-winged Scoter and Pintail, making it the second day in a row an eider has flown by! Chris got a picture of this group that can be seen on the sightings blog. It was a pretty good day for scoters with 73 White-winged, 14 Black, and 6 Surf as well as another decent day for Common and Red-throated Loon and Green-winged Teal. Mallard, Gadwall, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, and Red-necked and Horned Grebe were all seen in low numbers.

Gulls: Nothing unusual today.

Shorebirds: Highlights were another White-rumped Sandpiper and a late Golden Plover. A few Dunlin were also recorded.

Other: A few groups of goldfinches and siskins migrated overhead and the Northern Shrike that was banded last week reappeared briefly by the shack.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

1 comment:

Nova said...

where are your pictures? I expected full frame eider shots :)