Monday, August 26, 2013

Nighthawk watch; Aug 26, 2013 - Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Tonight's nighthawk watch at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in Ozaukee County was certainly a success. Rebecca Sher's wonderful panorama photograph above gives you an idea of the beautiful evening scene, but the numbers of birds tell the other important part of the story. 584 Common Nighthawks, and an amazing 1,674 Cedar Waxwings were the highlights.

Here are our evening totals:
Forest Beach Migratory Preserve (OWLT), Ozaukee, US-WI
Aug 26, 2013 6:35 PM - 8:08 PM
Protocol: Area
60.0 ac
28 species

Wood Duck  3
Green Heron  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Virginia Rail  1
Sandhill Crane  2
Killdeer  1
Herring Gull  6
Mourning Dove  8
Great Horned Owl  1
Barred Owl  1
Common Nighthawk  584     7 observers counted varying flock sizes on this evening with good movement of nighthawks.
Chimney Swift  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  11
American Crow  17
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  11
House Wren  6
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  1674     Many flocks varying in size from 3 to over 100 individuals, all moving south.
Clay-colored Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Common Grackle  13
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  32

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