Date: 9/19/17 6:13 pm From: Tom Schultz <trschultz...> Subject: [wisb] Report from WISCONSIN POINT - Tuesday 9/19/17
Daryl Tessen called again this evening with another report from Wisconsin Point (Superior). There were several birders on the beach again this morning, and their first highlight was a WESTERN GREBE. He said it was in view offshore for about an hour.
Daryl said the winds weren’t bad initially, but by late morning they were getting very strong out of the northeast, with pretty good waves rolling in. The lake is about two feet higher this year, and he said the strong winds had the waves rolling up almost to the beach grass! He said they had three scoters in view for a time.
The winds made for steady jaeger activity with lots of sightings of Parasitics. Daryl said around 11:30 a slightly smaller, lighter-colored jaeger was spotted – and it proved to be a pale juvenile LONG-TAILED! He said this bird made many fly-bys in front of them, and disappeared over to the Bay for a while, but apparently it provided good views and photo-ops.
A little later another jaeger that was quite a ways out produced lots of discussions/debates. Perhaps it was a Pomarine… but they weren’t certain. Perhaps checking photos will help.
Daryl said there were fewer Common Terns and Bonaparte’s Gulls seen today, but they did find an adult Great Black-backed. He said the day was much slower for passerines, with about 50 species reported – including just four warbler species.
They are expecting storms overnight tonight, with rain possibly continuing into part of the morning. Speaking of which, Daryl said that the weathermen are currently projecting nice weather for Thursday and most of Friday, with rain expected on Friday night, and more chances on Saturday. If you are coming to WSO’s Jaegerfest field trip on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it might be wise to be ready for rainy periods!
Tom Schultz WSO Field Trips co-chair Green Lake Co.