Fall 1999 Shorebird Count Results

21 August 1999

 

SPECIES

  1999

Pied-billed Grebe

  1

Double-crested Cormorant

  9

Great Blue Heron

  1

Black-crowned Night Heron

  8

White-faced Ibis

  21
Canada Goose   64

Mallard

  215

Gadwall

  298

Green-winged Teal

  146
American Widgeon   2

Northern Pintail

  166

Northern Shoveler

  378

Cinnamon Teal

  81

Ruddy Duck

  1

Duck sp.

  135
Turkey Vulture   1

Osprey

  7

Northern Harrier

  13

Red-tailed Hawk

  1

American Kestrel

  8
Prairie Falcon   4
Peregrine Falcon   1

Sora

  2

American Coot

  15

Black-bellied Plover

  2

Snowy Plover

  25

Semipalmated Plover

  17

Killdeer

  77

American Avocet

  1218

Black-necked Stilt

  89
Willet   6

Greater Yellowlegs

  2
Lesser Yellowlegs   5

Spotted Sandpiper

  4

Long-billed Curlew

  5

Marbled Godwit

  1

Western Sandpiper

  968

Least Sandpiper

  42

Least/Western Sandpiper

  85

Baird's Sandpiper

  8

Dowitcher sp.

  12

Common Snipe

  4

Wilson's Phalarope

  3967

Red-necked Phalarope

  7525

Phalarope sp.

  2762

Caspian Tern

  1

Forster's Tern

  4
Black Tern   15

Great Horned Owl

  2

Notes, Remarks, and Observations

Notable sightings within a few days of the count: 8/20/99--113 Black Terns between South Tufa and Navy Beach (D. Marquart)
                                                                         8/22/99--2 Solitary Sandpipers at DeChambeau Ponds (D. Banta)

  • Total birds counted this year: 18,654 Total Birds counted (1998): 10,594 (1997): 12,839
  • Total number of species observed this year: 47 (1998): 48 (1997): 42
  • CALIFORNIA GULLS and EARED GREBES not recorded due to ongoing census efforts or research
  • Entire shoreline of Mono Lake surveyed including DeChambeau Ponds EXCEPT shoreline between County Park and Old Marina
  • Weather: partly cloudy, warm (65-83’F), and calm.
  • Lake Level: 6384.9 (8/12/99)
  • Participants: Ian Austin, Don Banta, Dave Carle, Randy Depew, Kathy Duvall, Joel Ellis, Santiago Escruceria, Dave Marquart, Bartshe Miller, Michael and Andrea Mortensen, Jennie Norton, Margina Rhyne, Laura Silver.

 

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