|juvenile Bonaparte's Gull|
Overall migration was better today than yesterday with Aythya ducks making up a large percentage of the birds seen yet again. The top three species were similar with Greater Scaup still first with 490 counted while Red-breasted Merganser slid into the two spot with 227 and Redhead was again third with 188. Dabbling duck numbers (particularly American Wigeon and Mallard) were much lower than yesterday while scoter numbers remained steady (107 White-wingeds, 74 Surfs, and 1 Black) and "other" diving duck numbers were about the same. Of note were the first 2 Buffleheads of the season that went past soon after sunrise. Accounting for the overall increase in birds for the day were the Gaviidae and Podicipedidae families with 138 Common and 9 Red-throated Loons seen along with 211 Red-necked and 55 Horned Grebes.
Well on a positive note there were 6 Sanderlings on the point today so I at least wasn't shut out in the shorebird department again, unfortunately that's about all there was in the shorebird, gull, tern, and allies bird realm.
Its amazing what a difference having a few eyes in the woods makes as today's landbird list was much larger albeit with no major highlights. The most notable species included the season's first Common Redpoll among the hordes of Pine Siskins and a Clay-colored Sparrow among the Chippies. A few Rusty Blackbirds were noted flying in off the lake early this morning.