Carp are spawning along the shorelines. Ruddy Turnstones and
Dunlins were quite common along the shorelines. A small flock
of Black-Bellied Plovers were also observed near point #1. Banding
was fairly successful; 17 species and 28 total birds. One bird
was a male Baltimore Oriole that was first captured as an adult
the previous year. Canada warblers, Northern Waterthrushes, Lincoln's
Sparrows, Wilson's Warblers and thrushes were still observed in
migration. A Least Bittern and a Black Tern were
observed in the lagoon, both are possible new records for the
point. Common, Forster's and Caspian Terns were seen quite regularly
out in the bay. A Rose-Breasted Grosbeak was seen building a nest,
and a Song Sparrow and a Gray Catbird that were caught allready
had brood patches.
|The recend rains have filled the lagoons and the creek.
Warblers were migrating in good numbers. Bay-Breasted, Yellow-Rumped,
Black-and-White, Wilson's, Ovenbirds, Yellow, Cape-May, Redstarts,
and Tennessee Warblers were all seen. Lesser Yellowlegs were common
in the lagoon, and three late scaup were counted from point #6.
|Day was cut short by approaching thunderstorms. Over
1500 Double-Crested Cormorants and Pelicans feeding off the north
shore of the point. The lagoon contained good numbers of Solitary
Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs.
Warblers were really moving in front of storm; 17 spp. were observed,
including: Golden-Winged, Parulas, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Wilson's,
and Palm. Scarlet Tanagers were calling near point #5.
|The woods were 'alive' with birds today, but the full
leaf cover and overcast conditions made ID difficult. Most of the
warblers were female Yellow-rumps. Every half and hour the Tennessee
warblers would make so much noise that identification of other birds
was difficult. Eastern Kingbirds are noisily defending territories.
The lagoon contained numerous shorebirds, including a Wilson's
Phalarope. On the tip, a flock of 190 Caspian Terns rested on
their way north.
|An extremely hot day saw large numbers of warblers migrating
through and good numbers of shorebirds in the lagoon. Duck numbers
have dropped in bay as most have migrated north. Over 80 spp. were
observed today including American Pipits, Wood Thrushes, Yellow-Throated
Vireos, 14 spp. of warblers, and a flock of Evening Grosbeaks.
|Migrants showed up in good numbers today. Palm and Nashville
warblers were very common along the trails and shrubs. Most ducks
have left point, and the water levels are too low for nesting ducks
in lagoon. Sandhill Cranes were seen and heard in the back
marsh. The first Green Heron of the year was seen and an Orange-Crowned
Warbler was banded in net 3. Overall, 53 spp. were counted in
about four hours.
|Strong NE winds slowed down spring migration. Yellow-rumped
and Palm warblers were seen throughout the day. A late migrating Rough-Legged
Hawk was seen hunting over the back marsh. A lone Snowy Egret
was loafing at point #6 with Herring Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls, numerous
waterfowl, cormorants, and pelicans. The first Rough-Winged Swallows
of the year were also counted here.
|Recent rains partially filled the lagoon and outlet
channel. Most diving and puddling ducks have migrated through. A mallard
nest was found by point #8 in the zebra mussels. Leopard frogs were
heard in the lagoon. Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, and
Yellow-rumped Warblers were all seen on the point.
|Good numbers of Lesser Scaup and diving ducks still
present off point. A few Mallards and Gadwall mixed in with divers.
Yellow-rumped Warblers, Hermit Thrushes, Kinglets, and Creepers were
abundant. A Forster's Tern was also seen for the first time
|South winds brought warmers temperatures
and new migrants to the point. Yellow-rumped Warblers, Lesser Yellowlegs,
and Common Snipe were seen for the first time this year on the
point. Sandhill Cranes and Geese are taking up residence in the marshes.
Good numbers of Tree Swallows hunting over lagoon. Still a lot of
scaup around, but overall diver diversity is down.
|Over 6000 Lesser Scaup were counted out
around the point today. Good numbers of Ring-Necked Ducks, Redheads,
and Canvasbacks were also seen from point #6. Tree Swallows, Golden-Crowned
Kinglets, Juncoes, and Song Sparrows were also seen in good numbers.
Flickers were heard drumming on territory throughout the count.
|Strong North winds made counting ducks on
bay difficult. Most of the Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers have left.
Most of the duck diversity was found at point #6; Northern Pintails,
Gadwalls, Mallards, American Black Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Canvasback,
Redhead, Common Goldeneyes,and Ring-Necked Ducks were all present
in good numbers. Lesser Scaup numbers approached 10,000.
The bay is thawing, with just a few
remaining sheets of pack ice. A juvenile Snowy Owl was seen
loafing on a sheet of pack ice off the north shore. All around the
owl were flocks of divers and puddlers and even a small flock of
snow buntings. Small flocks of Tundra Swans are still going
overhead in the bay. An early Greater Yellowlegs and Northen
Flicker were also seen on the point. Lesser Scaup numbers approached