Waterbird Count, May 3 – 8

As it turns out, loons weren’t passed their peak. Today I had the most Common Loons I’ve had all season, and quite a few the past few days as well, including 1 Red-throated Loon. Yesterday I added a new species for the season with 3 Surf Scoters.

A few new non-waterbirds have trickled in — Palm Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

Highlights:
May 3
Gadwall – 2
Redhead – 8
White-winged Scoter – 6
Long-tailed Duck – 2058
Bufflehead – 4
Common Goldeneye – 1
Common Loon – 14
Horned Grebe – 5

May 4
Northern Shoveler – 2
Redhead – 21
Greater Scaup – 2
Lesser Scaup – 6
White-winged Scoter – 24
Long-tailed Duck – 245
Bufflehead – 1
Common Goldeneye – 3
Common Loon – 13
Horned Grebe – 7

Peregrine Falcon – 1

May 5
Redhead – 5
White-winged Scoters – 59
Long-tailed Duck – 165
Bufflehead – 1
Common Loon – 66
Horned Grebe – 7

May 6
Wood Duck – 2
Greater Scaup – 1
Lesser Scaup – 1
White-winged Scoter – 38
Long-tailed Duck – 2156
Common Goldeneye – 2
Red-throated Loon – 1
Common Loon – 79
Horned Grebe – 6
Bonaparte’s Gull – 5

May 7
Gadwall – 1
American Black Duck – 1
Greater Scaup – 2
Surf Scoter – 3
White-winged Scoter – 32
Long-tailed Duck – 125
Bufflehead – 9
Common Goldeneye – 2
Common Loon – 28

May 8
Redhead – 2
Surf Scoter – 2
White-winged Scoter – 33
Long-tailed Duck – 650
Common Goldeneye – 11
Common Loon – 104
Red-necked Grebe – 1