I took the Grand Isle Ferry on Wednesday and saw a bird in the middle of the lake that I first thought was a storm-petrel. I couldn't find it again once I raised by binoculars and decided I must have been mistaken. But if anyone's on the lake, keep an eye out!
On Jul 19, 2013, at 9:18 AM, David Hoag wrote:
> At 7:45 this morning, 19 July, a dark storm-petrel
> (presumably Leach's) was slowly working its way
> south, buffeted by the strong southerly winds.
> At one point, it startled a Ring-billed Gull
> into flight, providing a good contrast in size.
> The storm-petrel might soon make a nice mid-day
> snack for a larger gull?
> Three Bonaparte's Gulls present, 7:40-8:00.
> Speaking of swallows ...
> N. Rough-winged Swallows: Two local pairs might not
> have stayed around to raise young. Some nest sites
> were destroyed by the record-high lake level of 2011.
> Barn Swallows: Two local pairs may not have
> stayed around to raise young. I recently
> encountered a family group foraging near
> its nest site at another location.
> Cliff Swallows: Two pairs successfully raised
> young in old nests on my house.
> One nestling died before the rest fledged.
> Twice, other Cliffies stayed for a day or two,
> but did not nest, despite having prior-years' nests available.
> A returning pair on the east shore were missing
> when I last checked, and were replaced by a House Sparrow.
> Tree Swallows: Raised young OK.
> I recently saw a flock of 100 assembling on wires.
> Dave Hoag, Grand Isle.