Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Afternoon of condo birding - lookahead

Spent the afternoon on my balcony, after an early morning of work...

American Wigeon 5
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 22
Northern Pintail 2
Greater Scaup 50
Lesser Scaup 4
Surf Scoter 500
White-winged Scoter 500
Black Scoter 65
Long-tailed Duck 1500
Red-breasted Merganser 75
Common Loon 4
Double-crested Cormorant 75
Parasitic Jaeger 1 two widely spaced sightings of light ad. PAJA
Bonaparte's Gull 17
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull 20 

Just some highlights of course!


Looking ahead, I'm still interested to see just how many Kittiwakes (or a Gannet?) can find their way into Lake Ontario over the next few days. Will it be 0? 20?  - time (and observers) will tell...

Various weather maps, issued at various time, for various times and dates - over the past two days. Long story short, there is a big low off the NE USA (or S of NS) and I'm hoping it helps direct some birds into Lake Ontario. This is no Hurricane Sandy, but it doesn't mean we can't learn from it!

Tomorrow and Thursday mornings could be fun! (or cold) - or both!


Finally, there is a HUGE sunspot right now, spitting out flares every few hours. Several M class, one X class, and no CME's. 

Want to know more? Do what I do, and keep your eyes on this crazy website! - http://solarham.net/

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