Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November 3, 2009- Goldeneyes & late jaeger

It was a partly sunny and chilly day with temps in the 30's and moderate winds out of the NW.

Waterfowl: There was a good waterbird migration in the morning but things really tapered off in the afternoon. Goldeneye had their best day of the fall with 381 seen and Bufflehead had another good day with 104 seen. All three species of scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-throated and Common Loons, and Red-necked Grebes were seen in smaller numbers.

Gulls/Terns: A jaeger was seen during the third hour of the count. Unfortunately, it was distant and no field marks could be seen. Also, a Glaucous Gull was seen during the last hour of the count. Here's a picture of the bird with a ship in the background:

Other: Not much besides a flyover Goshawk and a brief visit from a Northern Shrike.

Tom Prestby
Waterbird Count

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