As we have a 2nd blitz on the 3rd October at the North, West and East Shoal Lakes IBA it is effectively halftime. Now everyone has been able to submit their complete checklists for the day I thought it would be fun to post the numbers of birds counted on August 29th. So here goes:
|American Black Duck||2|
|teal sp. (Anas sp. (teal sp.))||44|
|dabbling duck sp. (Anas sp.)||7|
|duck sp. (Anatinae sp.)||153|
|American White Pelican||183|
|Great Blue Heron||23|
|peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.)||5|
|shorebird sp. (Charadriiformes sp.)||15|
|gull sp. (Larinae sp.)||10|
|tern sp. (Sterninae sp.)||5|
|Great Crested Flycatcher||3|
|Le Conte’s Sparrow||4|
So there we go, after the 1st blitz, the most numerous species is the American Coot at 1282 individuals followed by Blue-winged Teal and the trusty Mallards and a total of 132 species. It will be interesting to see how numbers change next month. We would probably expect fewer species but with more sparrows and very few, if any warblers still around. Canada Goose might possibly be expected to be the most abundant species and the numbers of shorebirds will also likely have fallen. All will be revealed on this site after the blitz and we can compare the changes in species types and abundance then.
All in all something to look forward to on October 3rd!