|Today was a
great day out on the Point. Waterfowl were numerous and at point count
6 there were 10 common mergansers, 5 red-breasted mergansers,
300 canvasbacks!!!, 5 black ducks, 22 redheads,
35 mallards, 225 goldeneyes, and 24 long-tail ducks!
(this is the most I have ever seen together). A group of 4
sandhill cranes were in the lagoon and a group
of swans flew over my head at point 5 but I could not tell what type
they were. Over 1000 scaup were in the open water at point 1 this
morning. There was a Kildeer and Wood Duck in the creek.
The cardinals and red-winged blackbirds are very loud and numerous
day at the Point bought many of the same birds as yesterday. Mourning
doves seem to be everywhere today. Two ruffed grouse flew up
in front of me on the trail and several American robins were singing.
Greater scaup were in the range of 500 today as the open water increased
|Many new species
were added to the list today. The warm weather has brought many of
the early migrators and increased abundance of the locals. In the
small amount of open water in the Bay were 200 goldeneyes, 200 bufflehead,
300 Lesser Scaup, and 5 canvasbacks. The red-winged
blackbirds are present and calling along with numerous northern
cardinals. American robins were calling along the trails. Mourning
doves were seen throughout the Point. Starlings were huddled
together in the trees and several common grackles were also
calling. A lone red-bellied woodpecker was calling in the woods.
In total, there were 17 species seen or heard today.
|A rainy but
warm day at the point brought in large numbers of goldeneyes.
336 were seen in the increasing open water (count done by Pete Wolter).
Six common mergansers and 10 mallards were also seen swimming.
One American crow was calling in the lagoon leaving us wet with only
|There is about
7 inches of snow at the point and even though it was a warm day yesterday,
few birds were present. Blue jays and chickadees were about the only
birds calling and flying. Some tree sparrows were feeding in the lagoon.
I did see two red fox cross the Bay and come onto land at the point
and there are several scat piles on the trails from them. There was
still open water off the point but nearby snowmobilers kept anything
|Few birds were
at the point this morning. New species included two northern cardinals
in the woods and about 25 tree sparrows feeding on the Bur
marigold (Bidens) in the lagoon. A touch of winter being back may
keep the birds away. The open water off of the point is closing up
allowing less room for the geese.
| A strong wind
kept most birds hiding and away from the point today. A small area
of open water about 100 yards offshore made refuge for about 100 Canadian
geese (two of which were banded with orange neck bands) and 3
male common mergansers. In the lagoon, 40 or so house sparrows
were perching on the Phragmites. Forest species included hairy
woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, black-capped
chickadees, and a lonely American crow. Since this is the
first report of the year, all new year species will be shown in bold
color to keep track of new and total species for the year 2002