The rain let up around 1:30pm and I decided to check the lake to see if any shore birds were on the beach at Park Point and also to see if the warblers were still foraging for insects. Around 1:45pm I spotted a small group of Bonaparte's Gulls flying past me and I noticed an adult Little Gull was among them. The dark charcoal under wings and the white trailing edge of the wings were clearly seen as it zipped right by me as the group was heading was heading towards WI Point.
Other birds seen on beach near airport at Park Point:
11- Red-throated Loons foraging close to shore.
9 Black Scoters flying towards Canal Park.
3 Black-bellied Plovers
5 Ruddy Turnstones
1 Dowitcher sp.
Park Point Recreational Area highlights:
43 Lincoln's Sparrows were counted from 44th Ave to the airport
1 Harris Sparrow
15 species of warblers were found but the numbers were way down from Sunday.
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Sora walking around on the lawn near the public boat launch.
Sadly I found a dead Black-throated Green Warbler near the public restrooms at the base of a cedar tree. Most likely died from starvation and cold-wet weather conditions. A lot of thrushes were foraging on the lawns ( Swainson's. Veery and Gray-cheeks ). When the weather clears up late tomorrow afternoon the conditions will be ideal for scanning through all the terns on lake superior for Arctic Terns. I observed a lot of terns moving up and down the beach and there has to be one Arctic Tern out there.
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