Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Kevin Georg
Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady
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The forecast for the day did not look promising with potential scattered
thunderstorms predicted for a late afternoon arrival. A fairly robust
southerly wind had furled the lotus leaves in the channel causing them to
show their lighter underside for most of the day. It brought with it plenty
of humidity that hung in the air like a light veil as the sky alternated
views of billowing cumulus clouds with intervals of blue. Although there
were times when the weather looked mildly threatening, the storms did not
materialize and allowed us a full day of observation. The wind had enough
of an eastern element to blow off the lake and keep us comfortable in the
heat and humidity. The barometer did not fall as much as predicted but
trended downward at the end of the day.
Most raptors seem reluctant to fly in the face of a strong southern wind
and today was no exception. We did see local birds with ospreys frequently
flying by and a few bald eagle sightings. Three turkey vultures were lazily
soaring in the area. We did see a red-tailed hawk for a few moments. A
surprise kestrel made the crossing. A local Cooper’s hawk teased the
photographers by flying over us a couple of times but not presenting his
best side to us.
The Caspian Terns and gulls kept us entertained today. No Forster’s Terns
were seen today and normally they are present. A flight of mute swans was
seen over the tip of Celeron Island. Cedar Waxwings were observed hawking
insects a few times along with indefatigable barn swallows chasing tiny
unseen morsels. Small packs of red-winged blackbirds were seen winging
their way by. A couple of single blue jays were seen as a reminder of the
thousands to come later in the season. A Lesser Yellowlegs landed on the
mats of algae and vegetation in front of us, feeding as we wondered at its
ability to stand on such a precarious surface.
The unsettled weather may continue into the morning hours. The wind will
shift to the west and stay fresh, climbing into double digits as the day
advances. The barometer will be relatively low with chances of rain and
cloudy weather. Given that the early days of the watch are not generally
too productive and that the weather does not seem encouraging I would not
expect a large movement tomorrow.
Report submitted by Kevin Georg (<kevin.l.georg...>)
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