Week of Sept. 27th

After the excitement of the Frigatebird and Whimbrel on Monday the 27th the rest of the week was quite slow migration-wise. There was very low wind during the week and when there was a breeze it was not in the bird’s favor, it has also been unseasonably warm which could possibly have an impact on the bird’s movements. Still, there are plenty of birds managing to move south. A few flocks of Redheads, Sandhill Cranes, and Red-necked Grebes along with Common Loons were reported this week. The first Long-tailed Duck of the season was seen on Oct. 1 resting on the water and appeared to be an adult female. The Whimbrel continued at McGulpin Point seen on Sept. 27th and 29th and Oct. 1st, again at close proximity offering amazing views. At one point it flew atop McGulpin Rock for a moment that I was able to snap a photo. A few passerine species have started to arrive from the north. Movements of American Pipits continue along with new arrivals of Rusty Blackbirds, Lapland Longspurs, and Horned Larks this week.

I am grateful for an influx of visitors this week. The conversation was much appreciated and I’m glad I was able to do some birding with people.

Male Rusty Blackbird
Whimbrel on top of McGulpin Rock
Great views with Lynn Walters-Fraze

Lapland Longspur coming from northern Canada

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