Another strong northerly wind on the weekend! Hope this trend continues unlike previous years.
When a strong north wind is "predicted" (does not always come true) in the fall I always head up to Point Edward on Lake Huron, at least on weekends. Today was perfect. It is early in the season and not a lot is moving, but some jaegers decided to fly. Forecast was for 30 K winds, but it got close to 40 K.
After an hour and three quarters of sitting I finally spotted a group of three jaegers coming from the east. It was nice to see one was an adult. Two of them circled close right overhead as they sometimes do there. Others followed.
Below is a copy of my posting to Ontbirds:
About 07:45 a group of 3 jaegers appeared just offshore from the east. All
appeared to be Parasitic. Two were intermediate morph juveniles with one
being a fine adult. One juvie broke away and headed up the US shoreline,
while the other two headed overland at Sarnia just after passing close
About ten minutes later, I noticed an adult heading up the US shoreline (not
sure if it was another bird or not).
A short while later I spotted a jaeger fairly distant that was likely a
juvenile Long-tailed. It came from the east and headed up the US shoreline.
About 10:35, a very dark juvie appeared very close to shore from the east.
Paul D. Pratt also spotted this one. It continued up the US shoreline.
Other birds of note included two Osprey and a group of 4 Red-necked
Weather was miserable (lots of rain) but that is when it is good.
Impossible to take photographs in poor light, gale force winds and birds that were dipsy doodling all over!
This week strong NE winds are predicted all along, so more should show up. However, who is going to look? Some of us have a job to go to!