NW Wednesday

Best lake watch day this week is holding for Wednesday: NW winds at 15 mph and a cold front. This should bring the next MAJOR push of waterbirds down to our coastline. Red-breasted Mergs should increase in number as should Lesser Scaup. Mass stagings of Bonaparte’s Gulls could host Little Gull and Black-legged Kittiwake, and Black-headed Gull. It takes time to thoroughly scan through large flocks of Bonaparte’s. A large flight of loons could occur on Wednesday, and it is wise to look through them for PACIFIC LOON. I received word that Robert Hershberger and company found a Pacific Loon last Friday, offshore Sunset Park in Willoughby. It was observed well and all key marks were noted. The bird was seen for a few minutes before it took flight and headed west. Other key species to look for include: Purple Sandpiper on break walls (particularly Lorain Harbor, west wall, and the jetty at HBSP), King Eider amidst flocks of mergansers, all three scoters, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers (Pomarine more likely of the two at this point in November). If the winds hold, it could be really good.

Check out recommended lake watch sites for key locations for viewing. Scopes are almost always required for the best chance to view the mass movement of birds. Folks with binoculars miss out on 60% of the birds…

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