Date: 8/23/19 6:13 am From: Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...> Subject: shorebirds at Gull Point, Presque Isle, Erie Co.
Last night Adam Erb, Henry Chupp, Steven Miller, and me went up to Gull Point, Presque Isle for shorebirds. We spent 2 hours on the observation platform, from 5:45-7:45. We had a good evening. The cooler weather system moved in throughout the evening. The temperature dropped and a stiff north breeze picked up by sunset. The number of shorebirds present seemed to be lower than last year when we were up. Quite possibly that was a result of the higher water levels and more vegetation cover than last year. Much of the open mud and sand is around the rim of the point along the lake. Highlight of the evening was about 6:30 when we heard an unusual call -ki-ki-ki-ki-ki- coming from behind us over Lake Erie. We turned to see a huge bird with the long cureved bill - Whimbrel!! It finally landed on the point after circling for several minutes. For 20 minutes, it preened and bathed, and then with a call, it flew off again over the Lake from the direction it had come - north. Here is a complete list of the shorebirds we saw on the point.