- Long-tailed Jaeger! | Whitefish Point Bird Observatory 093014
It has been an interesting 3-4 days out at the point. Before the 28th, there was very little movement for a few days. Luckily, a cold front passed through on the night of the 28th. From the 28-30 many ducks, loons, and Bonaparte’s Gulls moved through. Yesterday held the biggest highlight with an adult Long-tailed Jaeger; it’s long tail streamers still present. | Results from 9/28-2770 waterbirds: | Duck numbers and diversity were great. The list included Wood Duck (4), Gadwall (4), American Wigeon (452), American Black Duck (1), Mallard (13), Blue-winged Teal (5), Northern Shoveler (11), Northern Pintail (20), Green-winged Teal (28), Redhead (473), Greater Scaup (1051), Lesser Scaup (25), Surf Scoter (2), White-winged Scoter (7), Common Merganser (3), and Red-breasted Merganser (29). | Loons and grebes moved by in small but steady numbers. Red-throated Loon (19), Common Loon (36), Horned Grebe (18), and Red-necked Grebe (61) were recorded. | Bonaparte’s Gulls had their first push of the season. A total of 295 moved by the point. You never know what might show up with BOGU flocks but the only other species that appeared was Common Tern (2). | The evening flight was slow but three Forester’s Terns along with 31 Common Terns moved past the point.
Blue Hole: Little Miami River
What is a village? A small place, yes, as wide as the world, layered with histories and stories, where you can walk wherever you want to go. In my vision of that place, a river like the Little Miami runs through it, and still water like the Blue Hole remains as transcendent as the day in 1851 when Robert Duncanson painted it.
Big Water: Lake SuperiorI’ve canoed on Lake Superior for almost as many years as I’ve been losing eyesight. I return year after year like a migrating loon to learn the other side of a slow, uncertain process that we could call “going blind.” After 35 years with the lake as my teacher, I know what lies on the other side. I call it letting go of sight. Read my essay Big Water.