Friday, August 6, 2010

This summer and past week's migration

Lesser Yellowlegs


Another year of nesting Piping Plovers was nice, with 4 successfully fledged chicks, 3 of which survived the summer. There were a few unusual/uncommon sightings this summer at the point including a Whimbrel in mid-June, a White-crowned Sparrow several times in July, 4 Willets on July 2, a Black-billed Cuckoo throughout July, Red Crossbills a couple of times in July, a Cape May Warbler on July 10, Common Loons throughout July, a Palm Warbler on July 21, a Woodcock, Cape May Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and 2 Baltimore Orioles on July 22, a Tennessee Warbler on July 23, a White-winged Scoter and 6 warbler species on July 26, a Woodcock and House Wren on August 4, and a Bonaparte's Gull yesterday. The beginning of fall migration appeared to start on July 22 here, with a good number and diversity of species. This past week there have been 5-7 warbler species each day, and usually a couple species of shorebirds. Some of the shorebirds this past week include Lesser Yellowlegs, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, American Golden-Plover, Least Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, and Killdeer.

With migration obviously taking place, a few hours were spent this morning at the waterbird shack and the following migrants were seen:

White-winged Scoter-1
Common Loon-5
Red-necked Grebe~170
Double-crested Cormorant-5
Waterbird sp.-20
Least Sandpiper-1
Semipalmated Sandpiper-1

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