Monday, September 1, 2014

Condo Birding Update - 25-30 August 2014 (Long-tailed & Parasitic Jaegers, Sabine's, Black Tern, Peregrine)

What a great time of year!

25 August (before work) - calm...

5 Common Loon
30 Long-tailed Duck
1 Belted Kingfisher
22 Common Terns (18 in a "migrant flock")
2 Green-winged Teal

27 August

2 Common Loons (I wasn't really home)

28 August - take it away, ebird! (great evening) -blogg

Mallard 20
Green-winged Teal 5
White-winged Scoter 17
Long-tailed Duck 27
Common Loon 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Long-tailed Jaeger 1 int. juvenile seen for ~7-8 minutes, classic in every way (lemon hindcollar, reduced white flash, white on upperside of primaries limited to extreme edge of wing, gentle flight, only chased Common Terns during entire observation (and only limited chasing), etc etc etc. Close enough to be ID'd with binoculars (but observed with scope)
Sabine's Gull 1 juvenile seen well - bold brownish/black/white pattern on wings (triagular) - small gull (size of BOGU)
Bonaparte's Gull 2
Black Tern 1 non-breeding (juv?) garb inside flock of 30+ Common Terns - seen well through scope for 2 mins. Noticably smaller than COTE with dusky slate colour overall.
Common Tern 70 - very large numbers, in "migrant flocks" - probably over 100 around

Great day! Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's Gull and Black Tern! All after work! 

29 August - thanks ebird! - take it away: 

American Black Duck 2
Green-winged Teal 18
White-winged Scoter 12
Long-tailed Duck 20
Common Loon 3
Osprey 4
Parasitic Jaeger 1    -   light morph adult around 5pm

Long-tailed Jaeger 1    -   One of the most stunning Jaeger's I've seen in Ontario. Adult with full tail streamers (8+ inches?), extensive dusky gray belly, cold gray tones to upperside with "two toned" blackish flight feathers vs. gray body feathers. Observed for over 5 minutes as it lazily flew westwards at roughly 200ft above the water (practically eye level for me)

Sabine's Gull 1    -   juvenile
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3    -   all born this summer.
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Common Tern 5
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Wilson's Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler    -   (new for my condo itself / # 176) 

Had watched all day and it felt rather slow, other than that insane Jaeger! What a bird!!!

August 30th - calm early, blistering SW in the afternoon

2 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 an adult! Haven't seen one of those for a few months round here)
2 Osprey
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (both juvies, one may have been the same as yest)
1 Great Egret
1 Merlin
1 Peregrine Falcon (unbanded juvenile male)

2 "strange" sightings as well.

#1 was a Common Spreadwing (odonata) ended up INSIDE my condo! On the 17th floor!

#2 was a PURE flock of EIGHTEEN albino Pigeons!!! They raced along the lake (going west) and weren't seen again. I'm guessing they were released at a wedding (or something?) nearby, but who knows...

More to come!

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