Monthly Archives: April 2016

Waterbird Count, April 23

blog link Pretty average day, with strong wings from the northeast. The largest flock of Redheads I’ve had yet (around 210) flew in from the west and landed around Pointe La Barbe early in the day. Still good numbers of White-winged Scoters around.

http://alannahlh.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=http://alannahlh.com/about-me/ Around 6:00 this morning there was an Eastern Towhee singing outside of our bathroom window.

Canada Goose – 1
Mallard – 7
Redhead – 300
Greater Scaup – 2
White-winged Scoter – 45
Long-tailed Duck – 179
Common Goldeneye – 1
Common Merganser – 15
Red-breasted Merganser – 92
Unidentified duck sp. – 22
Common Loon – 9
Horned Grebe – 1
Double-Crested Cormorant – 60
Great Blue Heron – 1

Others:
Turkey Vulture – 15
Osprey – 1
Golden Eagle – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 5
Bald Eagle – 10
Broad-winged Hawk – 17
Red-tailed Hawk – 6
Rough-legged Hawk – 2
Sandhill Crane – 2
Peregrine Falcon – 1
American Kestrel – 1

Waterbird Count, April 22

Not a bad day for waterbird migration. Many flocks were flying much higher than usual. The majority of Red-breasted Mergansers I saw today appeared to be migrating, which is interesting because as of late they had almost all been loafers. I had a new species for the season with a flock of 13 Gadwall. Quite a few Bonaparte’s Gulls passed by heading west, unfortunately I couldn’t find yesterday’s Little Gull among them. Very few raptors passed over me today.

Canada Goose – 4
Gadwall – 13
Mallard – 9
Northern Shoveler – 3
Northern Pintail – 2
Green-winged Teal – 1
Redhead – 51
Greater Scaup – 39
White-winged Scoter – 27
Long-tailed Duck – 164
Bufflehead – 6
Common Goldeneye – 2
Common Merganser – 27
Red-breasted Merganser – 143
Unidentified duck sp. – 58
Common Loon – 18
Red-necked Grebe – 1
Double-Crested Cormorant – 41
Great Blue Heron – 2
Bonaparte’s Gull – 43

Others:
Turkey Vulture – 9
Northern Harrier – 3
Bald Eagle – 3
Sandhill Crane – 16

Owl Banding, April 21/22

We were not surprised to have a zero bird night last night. There was a dense, moist fog hanging around the area all night.

Our hopes for tonight are a bit higher. It should be clear with a north wind of 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night looks even better.

Happy Earth Day!

Waterbird Count, April 21

I had a decent variety of species in spite of persistent rain and heavy fog. I ended the count about an hour and a half early in hopes of seeing the Little Gull that Ed, Steve, the Kirbys, and others had found in St Ignace. We searched thoroughly but could not relocate it.

At home, Kevin and I had two Chipping Sparrows at our feeders — our first of the year.

Wood Duck – 1
Mallard – 7
White-winged Scoter – 7
Long-tailed Duck – 205
Bufflehead – 16
Common Goldeneye – 6
Common Merganser – 10
Red-breasted Merganser – 58
Unidentified duck sp. – 23
Common Loon – 5
Red-necked Grebe – 1
Double-Crested Cormorant – 10

Others:
Northern Harrier – 1

Owl Banding, April 20/21

The banding station was in operation until about 2:45 this morning when it started to rain.  We banded one second year, female saw-whet.  We had another woodcock fly in to the nets as well.

There may be a few showers tonight, but hopefully we can get some banding in.  Tomorrow night should be clear, allowing us to view the full moon!

Waterbird Count, April 20

Another new species for the season today — a male Blue-winged Teal. The male Black Scoter was still around today, again loafing with Red-breasted Mergansers. Hawks were sparse, I had more going south than going north.

Canada Goose – 11
Wood Duck – 1
Mallard – 9
Blue-winged Teal – 1
Redhead – 6
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 13
White-winged Scoter – 23
Black Scoter – 1
Long-tailed Duck – 591
Common Goldeneye – 3
Common Merganser – 12
Red-breasted Merganser – 64
Unidentified duck sp. – 2
Common Loon – 28
Double-Crested Cormorant – 55
Great Blue Heron – 2

Others:
Turkey Vulture – 8
Northern Harrier – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 3
Bald Eagle – 3
Red-tailed Hawk – 1
Rough-legged Hawk – 1
Merlin – 1
Sandhill Crane – 3

Owl Banding, April 19/20

Three Northern Saw-whet Owls were banded last night.  All three were female, and one had a very large brood patch and an egg inside of her!  Two were second year birds and one was a third year bird.

We opened our nets at sunset to the sound of a Common Loon calling, and closed our nets at sunrise while listening to a Brown Thrasher.

There may be some rain late tonight.  The majority of the night will be cloudy with light winds out of the southeast.  Maybe some owls will be migrating ahead of the rain!

 

Waterbird Count, April 19

Pretty average day for waterbirds, but I did have a new species for the season — a male Black Scoter. He was flying and foraging with Red-breasted Mergansers. The best bird of the day was not at the waterbird count but at the hawk watch, when the dark morph Swainson’s Hawk from April 17 made another appearance and I was able to see it this time! I also had a nice variety of hawks migrating over me. The down side is that they were quite high up today.

Canada Goose – 113
Wood Duck – 1
Greater Scaup – 2
Lesser Scaup – 3
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 2
White-winged Scoter – 11
Black Scoter – 1
Long-tailed Duck – 424
Common Merganser – 24
Red-breasted Merganser – 98
Unidentified duck sp. – 4
Common Loon – 11
Double-Crested Cormorant – 46

Others:
Turkey Vulture – 75
Osprey – 3
Northern Harrier – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 8
Cooper’s Hawk – 1
Bald Eagle – 5
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Broad-winged Hawk – 51
Red-tailed Hawk – 34
Merlin – 1
Sandhill Crane – 15

Owl Banding, April 18/19

There was a very light drizzle early in the evening, but the weather quickly cleared up for the remainder of the night.  Although we did not catch any owls, there was quite a bit of excitement.

We enjoyed listening to a couple of Wilson’s Snipes making their “winnowing” sounds while flying over our heads.  At dawn, we had two Sharp-shinned Hawks in our nets.  We also had a Hermit Thrush.

We are hoping that tonight will bring us some owls!  It should be partly cloudy with light and variable winds.

 

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Sharp-shinned Hawk.