Sunday, August 29, 2010

The streak ends

Well I guess it couldn't last forever but the run on jaegers over the past few days sure was nice while it lasted. The weather conditions were essentially the same as the previous few days with sunny skies and light south winds once again, the large number of people swimming in the lake all along the point suggests this may be the last gasp of summer before the fall really kicks in.

Bird numbers were similar to recent days with 150+ Red-necked Grebes back in the top position and Blue-winged Teal returning to the #3 spot with 34 while Bonaparte's Gulls took over the #2 position with 39 thanks to a group of 25 late in the day. Common Loon numbers returned to double-digits with 11 for the morning and afternoon.

Shorebird numbers were steady with 24 Sanderling and 17 Baird's Sandpipers leading the way, a single Solitary Sandpiper flew by calling early in the morning. The only other migrant Larids were 11 Common Terns which flew past in small groups during the morning.

Common landbird migrants were again showing signs of building numbers with flocks of American Robins, Cedar Waxwings, and Yellow-rumped Warblers conspicuous at the shack while thrush numbers continued to increase in the woods and a consistent variety of warblers remain in the woods including Black-throated Blue and Wilson's. The first Yellow-billed Cuckoo of the season was also detected this morning while a new Peregrine Falcon came in off the lake during the afternoon.

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