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.