Checklist S59460500

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Owner logan kahle

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  • 3.29 mi
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W winds shifting to NW 10-15mph, calm and drizzly (narrowly missed storm!) to partial overcast, 60-70°F. Started at dawn at parking lot then walked out beach to observation platform. Spent a couple hours scanning shorebirds and lakewatching (the latter was unproductive besides large #s of gulls and cormorants) before departing. Headed back along trails, playing mob tape at 4 or so locations, most of which were productive (particularly away from the lakeshore). As we approached the parking lot we saw a flock of Common Terns streaming by and decided to Lakewatch for a bit. After a half hour or so of that (and one jaeger) we decided to move to the parking lot and get some elevation at the parking lot (small sand bluff). We watched there for about an hour before playing mob tape briefly by car then leaving

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Observations

  1. Number observed: 2

    Details: At tip

  2. Number observed: 52

    Details: Most just before tip

  3. Number observed: 12

    Details: At tip. A couple main groups

  4. Number observed: 4

    Details: W some other ducks at times. At tip

  5. Number observed: 35

    Details: Most at tip

  6. Number observed: 1

    Details: W shovelers briefly. At tip

  7. Number observed: 1

    Details: At tip. W shovelers. At tip

  8. Number observed: 1

    Details: Flyby at tip

  9. Number observed: 1

    Details: Flyover early not far from parking lot

  10. Number observed: 1

    Details: Flyover

  11. Number observed: 1

    Details: In w mob flock

  12. Number observed: 4

    Details: At tip. Juvs and adults

  13. Number observed: 4

    Details: At tip and on small pond

  14. Number observed: 5

    Details: At tip

  15. Number observed: 2

    Details: Continuing. At tip. Believe two birds were present. One when we arrived in main shorebird/gull roost, and one flew by from the far W and flew into dunes and landed. Guess one bird can’t be ruled out positively? 🤷‍♂️

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  16. Number observed: 16

    Details: Including adults, some w retained alternate

  17. Number observed: 5

    Details: On tip. Groups of 3 and 2, calling and flying around. Seems like a good count

  18. Number observed: 9

    Details: At tip, including many on trail

  19. Number observed: 2

    Details: At tip

  20. Number observed: 4

    Details: At tip. Seemingly all juvs. Weirdly few

  21. peep sp.

    Number observed: 7

    Details: TCL only, way out while lakewatching

  22. Number observed: 3

    Details: At tip. Juvs

  23. Number observed: 2

    Details: At tip

  24. Number observed: 3

    Details: In ponds and on beach

  25. Number observed: 5

    Details: All at tip. Juvs

  26. Number observed: 1

    Details: At tip. Juv. Continuing. Large gray shorebird w white belly, gray legs, mid-length straight bill, and black-and-white wing pattern

  27. Number observed: 8

    Details: All at tip. Weirdly few. Juvs

  28. Number observed: 2

    Details: LQK Notes: *rare here. 1 light and 1 dark juv. First picked up dark juv (by LQK), our first jaeger, by consistently arcing flight at the horizon. Quickly thereafter managed to see this was a jaeger due to narrow wings and tail, completely dark coloration, aerobatic flight, and much longer and more slender proportions than adjacent rbgus. Told from ltja by larger size (similar to rbgu or longer, but less chunky), slightly broader wings, and heavier flight. Not nearly barrel-chested enough (or w large enough wing flashes) for pom. Light juv seen better, w contrasting light belly, several white primary shafts on upperwing and wingflash below, and same structural marks as noted above

    TCL Notes:
    Logan spotted the first bird, and I quickly got on an all-dark bird arcing over the horizon, similar to a tubenose. It flew in the same manner for about a minute; gulls will sometimes fly like this but not consistently. The tapered wings and narrow tail also ruled out immature gulls, the most likely source of confusion for a Jaeger. The powerful flight and uniform dark plumage did not at all suggest LTJA, and everything pointed to a dark juv Parasitic. Video by Sarah Toner:

    On the 2nd bird, which was originally much closer in and not as dark, I was able to see white wing flashes near the wingtips as it attacked a gull in flight. The bird had a paler belly, but was still a darker brown more typical of PAJA. The tail was uniquely wedge-shaped, with elongated central rectrices, only visible briefly as it attacked the gull. Below is some video of this bird in direct flight, before the encounter with the gull:

  29. Parasitic/Long-tailed Jaeger

    Number observed: 1

    Details: Dark immature. Frustating looks at what appeared to likely be a long-tailed: dainty, narrow-winged jaeger with buoyant flight and slender overall (ofc not enough to ID w confidence). Originally picked out among gulls (by SMT) as it was acrobatically chasing gulls, soaring high and swooping around erratically. Told from a gull by narrower wings and tail, overall dark coloration, and flight style. Viewed well for about 1 minute

  30. Number observed: 4

    Details: All flying E by parking lot (opposite direction as everything else)

  31. Number observed: 400

    Details: Most at tip

  32. Number observed: 60

    Details: Scattered

  33. Number observed: 7

    Details: Scattered. Most 1cs

  34. Number observed: 1

    Details: Weirdly few. At tip

  35. Number observed: 243

    Details: All but a few from lakewatch near parking lot. Exact tally. Seems very high. Presumably pushed in by nw winds

  36. Number observed: 400

    Details: Tip

  37. Number observed: 2

    Details: At tip. Perhaps 3. Cool

  38. Number observed: 3

    Details: At tip

  39. Number observed: 2

    Details: At tip

  40. Number observed: 3

    Details: In ponds (or on “trail”)

  41. Number observed: 15

    Details: Large roost

  42. Number observed: 3

    Details: Over one pond. One battling eagle

  43. Number observed: 8

    Details: 4 at tip rest scattered

  44. Number observed: 1

    Details: In response to mob tape most of the way to the tip. Migrant presumably?

  45. Number observed: 2

    Details: One at small pond one at tip

  46. Number observed: 9

    Details: Interestingly high. At every mob tape

  47. Number observed: 6

    Details: Scattered. Decent concentration for now

  48. Number observed: 2

    Details: Mob tape

  49. Number observed: 11

    Details: Pretty high count. Exact tally. Weird considering how few other migrants were around. Mob tape. Up to 4 at one tape

  50. Number observed: 1

    Details: Mob tape. Breeder? Seems early for a migrant

  51. Number observed: 1

    Details: Mob tape

  52. Number observed: 4

    Details: Mob flocks. Likely lingering breeders?

  53. Number observed: 2

    Details: Mob tape. Weirdly few

  54. Number observed: 1

    Details: Near parking lot

  55. Number observed: 4

    Details: Near feedlot

  56. Number observed: 6

    Details: Mob tape. Interestingly few

  57. Number observed: 9

    Details: Most at parking lot

  58. Number observed: 1

    Details: Over tip

  59. Number observed: 1

    Details: Over water

  60. Number observed: 8

    Details: Most at tip

  61. Number observed: 1

    Details: Calling w mob flock

  62. Number observed: 2

    Details: Along trail

  63. Number observed: 1

    Details: At tip

  64. Number observed: 20

    Details: Flock at parking lot

  65. Number observed: 28

    Details: Scattered. Most came in to mob tape

  66. Number observed: 1

    Details: LQK only. Mob tape

  67. Number observed: 5

    Details: Scattered

  68. Number observed: 10

    Details: One flock came into mob tape at wiwa spot

  69. Number observed: 5

    Details: Scattered. Interestingly few

  70. Number observed: 8

    Details: Parking lot

  71. Number observed: 4

    Details: Tip

  72. Number observed: 3

    Details: Tip

  73. Number observed: 8

    Details: Scattered

  74. Number observed: 3

    Details: Mob tape. “Interior” parts of trail

  75. Number observed: 1

    Details: Ad female coming in to mob tape

  76. Number observed: 40

    Details: Most at feedlot near beach

  77. Number observed: 1

    Details: Chinking near tip on trail

  78. Number observed: 1

    Details: Mob flock. Female

  79. Number observed: 6

    Details: Mob flocks

  80. Number observed: 2

    Details: Mob flocks

  81. Number observed: 4

    Details: Mob flocks. Likely lingering breeders?

  82. Number observed: 1

    Details: Same mob flock as wiwa

  83. Number observed: 2

    Details: Mob flock here (42.1687575, -80.0748570). Together

  84. Number observed: 20

    Details: Almost all in mob flocks

Additional species seen by Sarah Toner:
  1. Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by Tim Lenz:
  1. Number observed: 40
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