Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sunny skies

Saturday started out calm, but eventually a light morning breeze out of the north developed into a moderate NW wind in the afternoon. These mildly unfavorable conditions translated into a moderate showing of birds, with nine species of raptor on the count sheet, mostly of the same make and model as in previous days. Two of those birds were actually recognized as yesterday's leftovers, and consequently not added to the count: a sub-adult and a juvenile Golden Eagle. (Just how many of the 53 birds that did make it to the tally today were here already yesterday is anyone's guess... A well-known debate at peninsular count sites.)

The nice thing about wind is that it brings the birds lower, like with this juvenile Bald Eagle.

Also seen today an adult Glaucous Gull, a Bohemian Waxwing, a Red Crossbill, and 33 Sandhill Cranes.

Sunday and particularly Monday still look promising, with a return to a warming trend...

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