I had been desparing that this fall could produce anything like last November's influx of Pacific and Red-throated Loons, plus crossbills and Northern Shrikes, until I saw a post on BIRDCHAT about an invasion of scoters and Oldsquaws. (The post called them "Long-tailed Ducks"). Apparently, there have already been an unusual number of records of these species in western states, including Colorado. Scoters usually show up here in November. Hopefully, the influx already underway will come east far enough to reach us.
 
Another post mentioned a lot of Northern Goshawks seen at Duluth. We can expect them down here. Indeed, some are already showing up.
 
Unlike the last two years, this does not seem to be a year for Sabine's Gulls. I have so far noted only one jaeger report on the Missouri and Kansas listservs. But there is still time for jaegers between now and the end of November.
 
I assume early freezups around the rim of the Arctic Ocean are responsible for the presence in our part of the country of birds that normally migrate to salt water, like Pacific and Red-throated Loons, scoters, jaegers and Sabine's Gulls. The scoter/Oldsquaw influx in the west offers at least some hope that we'll see some action this November.
 
Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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