Sunrise this morning was greeted with a stationary front draped just south of the dunes. Any south winds hit a wall before the lake, while north winds backed behind the front. Thus, despite the diverse early season 64 species, only 1,646 birds were logged today. The highlights today were 8 Long-tailed Ducks, the season’s first Eurasian Collared Dove, 2 Merlins and a visiting Field Sparrow at the feeder station.
Even though most of the cranes have seemed to have migrated, 107 today show that there are still some stragglers out there and perhaps we’ll get to log a Whooping Crane before the season is done.
Today’s full list can be found here. Winds will remain south overnight, but rain will likely hamper much of the counting tomorrow. North winds briefly will dominate our Friday, but Saturday looks to be a good count day for any in the area.
Merlin featured image courtesy Matt Beatty today.