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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!

Maeve Kim
Jericho Center

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.