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Checklist S15545962

 
Location
Wind Point (Lighthouse and Shoop Park), Racine County, Wisconsin, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
13
Duration:
4 hour(s), 10 minute(s)
Distance:
0.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Drew Goldberg List , Eric Howe , Helen Pugh List , Jennifer Wenzel List , John Dixon List , Rita Flores Wiskowski List
Species
33 species (+5 other taxa) total
15
24
22
Greater/Lesser Scaup

in flight near horizon.

5
15

One near shore with SUSCs; 14 in flight near horizon.

1
scoter sp.

in flight on horizon.

9

in flight near horizon.

9
114

in flight

20
Common/Red-breasted Merganser

in flight on horizon.

65

Majority east of Shoop parking lot, conservative estimate

3
67
1
1
jaeger sp.

Observed by Eric, prior to the 9am field trip. Submitted write-up online to the WSO RC.

Overcast/cloudy. Overall dark gull like bird seen initially in flight through binoculars. It was flying low and direct above the water from the north and began to head west towards shore (still approximately 650-900 feet out over Lake Michigan.) I located in scope as it proceeded in my direction.

While viewing, it ascended quickly and banked towards a Ring-billed Gull. At that moment (and closest approach ~650 feet), a pale belly could be seen grading into a darkish vent. Above the pale belly, a diffuse breast band could be seen; above the band, a pale throat. Central tail feathers extended a few inches from the rest of the tail, could not discern if they came to point or were blunt). Pointed wings. These are the features that stood out the most to me in the overcast conditions.

I could not discern any white in the wings, either above or below, they simply appeared dark in the given light/distance. The proximity/interaction between the jaeger and RBGU was relatively brief and so did not get an adequate size comparison, however, they appeared to be similar in size.

After the interaction with the gull, the jaeger flew north of the lighthouse and apparently away from the nearshore area. John and Jenny had arrived soon after my initial alert to them, however, we were unable to locate anything thereafter, nor was any jaeger observed for the duration of the morning during the field trip.

9
18
1
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
20
Larus sp.

distant

8
125

Approx number in flight heading south. Dark overall. Yellow faces. Tail relatively short.

1
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
1
1
1
1
2
2
5
1
3
6
9
4
5
23
1
6
Additional species seen by John Dixon:
1
American Woodcock
1
Palm Warbler
Additional species seen by Rita Flores Wiskowski:
1
Palm Warbler
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes