Sunday, August 15, 2010

Awesome Start!

5 minutes into the count a Whimbrel started calling and was briefly seen, beginning a great day. The rest of the hour was decent, but at the start of the second hour things just kept coming and coming, including a ridiculous amount of White-winged Scoters this early in the season. Tons of waterfowl were specks in the scope, and if you include all the dabbler, grebe, and waterfowl sp., with the numbers below, then over 1,000 waterfowl were seen today. There was hardly a breeze until the last couple hours of the count.

Blue-winged Teal-23
White-winged Scoter-232
Common Goldeneye-1
Common Merganser-3
Red-breasted Merganser-1
Common Loon-18
Red-necked Grebe-418
Black-bellied Plover-1
Semipalmated Plover-1
Least Sandpiper-1
Bonaparte's Gull-6
Caspian Tern-1
Common Tern-4

Went back for a couple of hours this evening, but didn't have anything spectacular.

White-winged Scoter-1
Common Loon-1
Red-necked Grebe-24

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