Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October 6, 2009

Temps were around 50 today and cloudy skies in the morning turned into a light to moderate steady rain in the afternoon. Winds were fairly strong out of the SE.

Waterfowl: A pretty good day for numbers and variety. Scaup made their biggest push of the year so far with more than 700 counted. All three species of scoters were seen-- 52 White-winged, 2 Black, and a Surf. A few dabblers flew by, mainly Wigeon and Mallard. Loon numbers today were decent again with 37 Commons and 2 Red-throated.

Shorebirds: 2 Sanderling, a Pectoral Sandpiper, and an American Golden Plover were seen.

Other: The weirdest sight of the day was a wren that flew in off the lake. It came in too far away to tell what it was but chances are it was a Winter Wren. It was nice to hear Evening Grosbeaks and Red Crossbills again for the first time in a couple weeks for either species.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Counter

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