Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Highlights: Short-eared Owl, Parasitic Jaeger and a continuing Harris's Sparrow

Waterbird count: Visibility was limited today, but there was still a nice movement close enough to shore to see. White-winged Scoters are moving in decent numbers as are scaup. Other waterfowl included Redhead, American Wigeon, Surf Scoter, Black Duck, Pintail and Blue-winged Teal. Shorebirds today were Black-bellied, American Golden, and Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling ,and a flock of about 70 Dunlin. A Short-eared Owl (photos above) came in off the lake and hunted the beach for about 20 minutes. It returned several hours later and worked the Point briefly before heading out over the bay. Other raptors seen were Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier (including the adult male in photo below), Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, and Merlin. We continue to get nice looks at Parasitic Jaegers. We had a nice long look at one as it came down the lakeside shoreline. The bird today had a very buffy head compared to yesterday's.

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