Monday, August 30, 2010

Swimming weather

As the high pressure system continues to produce near record high temperatures and little to no bird immigration for yet another day the overall bird numbers continue to drop both on the point and passing by the point. On the positive note swimming in Lake Superior off the point today felt quite nice with air temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s by the afternoon.

On the waterbird front Red-necked Grebe was the most common with 24 seen today while Red-breasted Merganser held the second spot with 12 and Horned Grebe snuck into number three with 8 individuals for the day. Shorebirds were scarcer than late with Sanderling numbers holding steady around 25 while all other species were much reduced or absent.

Non-waterbirds were still present but activity was weak with the high temps and humidity causing an early drop-off in bird movement. New migrants included an Eastern Wood-Pewee, Baltimore Oriole, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet while warbler diversity peaked at 7-10 species.

Tomorrow's weather is suppose to be more of the same but depending on which meteorologist you believe there should be a break in this weather between Wednesday and Friday so here's hoping it comes sooner rather than later.

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