The Shanty provides great shelter from rain and wind (Max. occupancy 2-3)
View from the Shanty
Highlights were Jaegers, Little Gulls, and two Black-legged Kittiwakes. It was tough to pick out rare gulls when we had almost 10,000 Bonaparte's Gulls, and 1200+ Common Terns during Sandy.
Over 200 Brant, 17 Snow Geese, numerous Long-tailed Ducks and all three Scoter species were waterfowl highlights.
Purple Sandpiper was the best shorebird, Cave Swallows were seen several times, and flocks of Evening Grosbeaks were a nice treat.
My first Bohemian Waxwing for Long Point I found on November 3rd with a group of Cedar Waxwings.
The banders were extremely busy banding flocks of Chickadees, Siskins, and all sorts of migrants. Owl banding at night was great with hundreds of Saw-whet's getting banded and several Long-eared Owls. The Boreal Owl got banded the night I left!
To read about all the birds we saw check out the Long Point Bird Observatory Sightings board:
These 2 Peregrine Falcons made a brief visit to the tip. Several thousand raptors moved through the Tip following Sandy.
I watched several Merlin's snag passerines that ventured to far from cover. This one is munching a kinglet.
One of the Cave Swallows got banded giving us a chance to study it a bit closer.
Evening Grosbeaks look bad-ass and give a good bite from what I hear.
Flock of waxwings - that's a Bohemian at the top of the tree. You will have to take my word for it, although you can see that it is a bit larger.
Below are some photos of a few Horned Larks. The one individual looked really buffy on the throat and lores so I snagged a few photos of it. I know there are many subspecies, some more identifiable than others. Any thoughts on this guy/gal? Is it perhaps just a younger bird?