Waterbird Count, September 28

A fairly slow day for waterbirds, but there was decent variety and a good number of raptors. The weather was quite pleasant with soft easterly winds and calm water. Thanks to Phil Odum for joining me for the entire count today. We had nice numbers of Turkey Vultures and Cooper’s Hawks, as well as all 3 species of falcon.

Canada Goose – 73
Mallard – 7
Redhead – 38
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 10
Aythya sp. – 9
scoter sp. – 1
Common Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 8
duck sp. – 145
Red-throated Loon – 3
Common Loon – 17
loon sp. – 4
Horned Grebe – 10
Red-necked Grebe – 18
Double-crested Cormorant – 83
Great Blue Heron – 2

Turkey Vulture – 133
Northern Harrier – 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 15
Cooper’s Hawk – 4
Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk – 2
Red-shouldered/Broad-winged Hawk – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 6
American Kestrel – 1
Merlin – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
falcon sp. – 1

Monarch – 3