Monday, October 20, 2008

Highlights: Short-eared Owl, & phalarope

Tim is off for a few days so I'm covering the waterbird count. There was a big movement of waterbirds early this morning. Over 1,100 Red-breasted Mergansers passed by in the second hour of the count. Scoter numbers were relatively low, but all 3 species were seen including 5 Black Scoters. Other waterbird species seen were; American Wigeon, Mallard, Am. Black Duck, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Lesser & Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-throated and Common Loons, and Horned and Red-necked Grebes. A phalarope flew up the lakeside shoreline, but was not identified beyond Red/Red-necked Phalarope. Likewise, 3 flyby swans were only able to be identified as Tundra/Trumpeter Swans. Aside from the phalarope the only shorebirds were 1 American Golden-Plover and 1 Dunlin. The season's first Short-eared Owl was reported crossing the bay this afternoon. Thanks to the gentleman who tried to get my attention for the owl. The Dickcissel continues to visit the feeders, often accompanied by a House Sparrow.
Snow Bunting

Black Scoter (left) & White-winged Scoter

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