Waterbirds – 11/17 – Goldeneyes!

The waterbird count on Saturday started out with a bang. I had difficulty keeping up with the number of Common Goldeneyes that were flying by. One flock even contained a Hooded Merganser. I believe this was the first Hoody I had counted during the waterbird count. By the end of the first hour the Goldeneye had slowed significantly, but Red-breasted Mergansers then took over to keep things interesting. Other notable species included Red-throated Loons. Ten of them flew by. Of the identified Loons, this meant that more Red-throated than Common were counted, although a few unidentified Loons went by as well. Here are the numbers with some photos and videos to follow.

Species East West
Common Goldeneye 12 173
Loon sp. 3 0
Hooded Mergansers 0 1
Common Loon 6 1
Red-breasted Merganser 9 66
Long-tailed Duck 2 29
Duck sp. 6 41
Mallard 2 0
Red-throated Loon 9 1
Redhead 0 10
Bufflehead 6 4
Surf/Black Scoter 0 9
White-winged Scoter 14 14
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One of a few Bald Eagles that were flying around the straits.

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A flock of Common Goldeneye.

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An early morning flock of Common Goldeneye. Even as a silhouette the identification is relatively obvious (for those with experience waterbird counting anyway).

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Red-breasted Mergansers