Sunday, September 8, 2013

Jaeger Season!

Lots of jaegers have been reported lately, especially at the west end of Lake Ontario.  Around my area, they are usually much scarcer, but on a good wind at certain locations we sometimes see a few.  (No dice at Pelee yesterday!).  The winds were calling this morning from Lake Huron, so I headed up to the lakewatch spot.  I met Mike Bouman and we stood watch for a while.
Birds were not plentiful for sure, but there was some activity.  Perhaps the winds switched too late, as it was in the wee hours of the morning it turned NE.

Three jaegers for sure made an appearance, but sometimes it is difficult to determine if these are ones that return.  Often they head back out into the lake, but other times they continue south overland.
At 07:45 I caught site of a very distant jaeger.  ID to species impossible!
At 08:30 we saw it or another jaeger which was most likely juv Parasitic.
At 09:00 another jaeger appeared which I assumed to be Long-tailed.
At 10:20 the closest jaeger appeared which was decidedly a dark juv Parasitic different from previous.  This one appeared to head overland Michigan.  Mike left just before that one!

Passed in front of Algoway

While observing the Long-tailed, Jim Burk texted saying that he just had a Long-tailed at Rondeau!  He and Keith had 3 or 4 jaegers off the east side of Rondeau including a couple of Parasitic.  Not often we manage to see jaegers in the Rondeau area, so it was a good day!  NE winds are apparently the most suitable for there.

During the course of the stay at Sarnia, a Great Egret appeared, several Sanderlings, an unidentified shorebird (not Sanderling!), Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, tons or cormorants, etc.
Things were rather slow, so I soon left.

The day turned out rather nice, so I stopped at Moore WMA to look for insects.  First notable butterfly was a Northern Pearly-Eye, rather fresh.  Not one I expected today. Latest I have seen one.

I saw several darners including a worn Fawn.

Also this one which can easily be identified, likely a Shadow Darner.  Also saw Canada.

Also saw this spreadwing:

Stiff Godenrod at Moore

Stopped at McKeough as well, and found a single Flag-tailed Spinyleg.

1 comment:

  1. That Northern Pearly-Eye must be a rare example of a partial second-brood. Impossibly late for first brood, especially considering it is in immaculate condition.