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.

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