Monday, May 17, 2010

Shorebirds picking up

The last 2 or 3 days have seen a definite increase in shorebirds. Highlight today was a group of 35 Short Billed Dowitchers (luckily they were calling) which we picked up flying over the trees behind the shack just as Chris radio'ed to say he'd seen them from near the car park. The other highlight was cracking views of a 2nd calendar-year Goshawk which flew right over our heads and out over the lake, before being mobbed by a Herring Gull and heading back in over the harbour. Wasn't able to get on the Swainsons Hawk seen from the hawk count unfortunately!

Other birds:
W W Scoter 113
L T Duck 241
Merganser 250
R T Loon 30
Common Loon 199
Sanderling 1
Bonapartes Gull 122
Piping Plover 1

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