A Great Start to November

November can be a slow month for waterbird migration here at the point. Luckily, this November has started off quickly with lots of good birds and a good flight. For the point, November is the time for big flights of Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye and also occasional flights of Long-tailed Ducks and Red-breasted Mergansers. Today (11/3) produced on the Bufflehead (1480) and Common Goldeneye (918) fronts. We’ve also had some highlight waterbird species thus far in November. These include Black-legged Kittiwake, Sabine’s Gull, Pacific Loon, and Purple Sandpiper. As always, for full numbers, check ebird. The counts continue through November 15.

The second point record of Painted Bunting on 11/2.

The second point record of Painted Bunting on 11/2.

Purple Sandpiper from 11/2

Purple Sandpiper from 11/2

An adult Northern Goshawk that passed over the shack.

An adult Northern Goshawk that passed over the shack.

-Eric