Numerous waterfowl and gulls were
seen around point. Including, Bufflehead, Green-Winged Teal,
and Bonaparte's Gulls. Dark-Eyed Juncoes and Tree Sparrows
were abundant in areas with a think shrub layer.
|Large areas of exposed mudflats were
exposed on the north beach today. Red-Tailed Hawks and Bald Eagles
were hunting over the north beach. A partially eaten, female Lesser
Scaup remained near point #1. One female Wood Duck remained
with a flock of Mallards and Black Ducks near point #8. Also at point
#8 a male Ring-Necked Pheasant was spotted scratching in the
leaves for his morning meal. It's possible that pheasants will move
to the point in the winter to utilize the cattails and shrubs for
protection from the cold.
|Greatest concentrations of Bonaparte's
Gulls of the fall were spotted today. Snow Buntings, Killdeer,
and Sanderlings were still present along the north beach. Sparrow
and Blackbird numbers have decreased significantly. A lone Common
Snipe was seen feeding in the lagoon near point #2.
|Lesser Scaup numbers are down
from a week ago, along with an almost complete absence of puddle ducks.
Golden-Crowned Kinglets, Black-capped Chickadees, and Brown Creepers
were active at numerous locations around the point. An adult Cooper's
Hawk and a Rough-Legged Hawk were seen hunting over the
point. A group of hunters, reported seeing a White-Winged Scoter
while hunting off the point.
|The main waterfowl migration is in full
swing. Large flocks of Lesser Scaup and Canvasbacks were seen
out from all sides of the point. The first Snow Buntings of
the fall were seen along the beach. Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows,
Golden-Crowned Kinglets and American Robins are still locally
abundant in the areas with a thick understory.
|Lesser Scaup are very abundant in the
lower bay, along with a few Redheads, Horned Grebes, and Common
Loons. Rusty Blackbirds, Common Grackles and Red-Winged Blackbirds
were abundant along the beach. A large flock Sanderlings and
one Dunlin were seen feeding on the north beach. Very few gulls
were seen along the point, could they be feeding in the fields?
|Good numbers of Lesser Scaup are
starting to show up in the bay. An Eastern Phoebe was still
hawking insects near point #1. Golden-Crowned Kinglets, Yellow-Rumped
Warblers, and White-Throated Sparrows were still present on
the point. Sanderlings and Rusty Blackbirds were also
seen feeding along the beaches.
|Light rains made birding difficult. Yellow-Rumped
Warblers were abundant. Winter Wrens and Red-Breasted
Nuthatches were also seen with mixed passerine flocks. A large
flock of Pectoral Sandpipers were feeding in the lagoon with
some Killdeer. A small flock of Bonaparte's Gulls were seen
flying north over the point near point #2.
|The morning birding was highlighted by
two Peregrine Falcons hunting over the point. Greater and
Lesser Yellowlegs, Sora, and six different species of waterfowl
were seen in the lagoon. Numerous passerines were found out on the
point, including nine species of warblers, kinglets, Winter Wrens,
and Hermit Thrushes. In the afternoon, a large warbler push dropped
in on the point. Over 200 warblers were banded, mostly Blackpoll
Warblers, and twice that number were released due to darkness
|A calm, clear day made for good birding
out on the point. An early flock of Lesser Scaup were seen
out in Green Bay. Two Ruddy Turnstones were feeding with the
gulls and waterfowl at point #6. Both Virginia and Sora
Rails were heard calling in the lagoon. Numerous passerine species
were counted, including a Philadelphia Vireo.
|The most interesting sighting of the
day was a chance to see a Peregrine Falcon chasing a Merlin
out of the lagoon. Later the Peregrine was seen stooping on teal and
shorebirds in the laggon and the Merlin was seen stooping on a Killdeer
along the beach. Passerine migration is in full swing with eight warbler
species and numerous Swainson's Thrushes.
|The first Red-Breasted Nuthatches
of the year were seen on the point. An immature Peregrine Falcon
was seen hunting over the lagoon looking to make a Green-Winged
Teal its morning meal. The passerine movement was slow overall.
Blackburnian, Yellow-Rumped, Cape-May, and Northern Waterthrushes
were identified. A juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk was later
seen cruising the lagoon for an avian meal.
|Large Flocks of Tree Swallows
were hunting over the lagoon. Over 2000 Double-Crested Cormorants,
were gathered in flocks in the bay around the point. Passerine
diversity was low. An early Hermit Thrush was seen and a Canada
Warbler was banded in net #3.
|Sora Rails, Marsh Wrens, Greater Yellowlegs,
Lesser Yellowlegs, and Solitary Sandpipers greeted us as we entered
the lagoon. The lagoon is very dry due to low water levels, hopefully
this will attract shorebirds as the season goes on. A group of four
Common Mergansers were located off the north beach. Could they
have been hatched on Green Bay? Banding was slow with only seven birds
|Migration is slow, with only a few migrating
passerines showing up. Most of the summer residents are still around,
including Eastern Kingbirds and Baltimore Orioles. Caspian Terns
were seen loafing with a flock of Herring Gulls and a possible
Western Sandpiper were present along the north beach.
|Large flocks of Red-Winged Blackbirds
are moving over the point to local agricultural fields. Passerine
migration is slow, with most of the summer residents still present.