Monthly Archives: October 2016

Waterbird Count, October 30

how can i buy Keppra Despite northerly winds, it wasn’t too cold today. I had decent numbers of the usual suspects but nothing out of the ordinary. Not many raptors passed over me, but I did see a Turkey Vulture circling over the UP — getting a bit late for this species. I had a decent number of passerines flying over and around the beach, including 45 American Goldfinch, 5 Pine Siskins (most I’ve had yet this fall), and 45 American Pipits (a large number for this date). I also had a Belted Kingfisher which I hadn’t seen for weeks.

where can i buy Clomiphene over the counter Mallard – 2
Redhead – 63
White-winged Scoter – 56
Surf/Black Scoter – 1
Long-tailed Duck – 456
Common Goldeneye – 14
Common Merganser – 7
Red-breasted Merganser – 64
duck sp. – 37
Common Loon – 6
loon sp. – 1
Horned Grebe – 3
Red-necked Grebe – 11
Double-crested Cormorant – 2

http://bobmillsfurniturelubbock.com/phpmyadmin/index.php Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 3
Red-tailed Hawk – 5
Rough-legged Hawk – 1

Waterbird Count, October 29

It seemed like today might be another slow day, and though it was, there was a major highlight: a new migrant gull graced McGulpin Point for the season — a juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake. Best of all, I managed some photos this time. I have been hoping a Sabine’s Gull would pass by McGulpin this fall, but I can’t complain with this consolation. Juvenile Black-legged Kittiwakes are among my favorite gulls in terms of plumage. Interestingly, and possibly coincidentally, the Black-legged Kittiwake that I saw on the spring count was also seen on a day of strong NW winds. Both kittiwakes were seen fairly close to shore and flying west. Aside from this excellent species, it was a pretty low key day. I had all three scoter species and four species of gull — probably the first time I’ve managed more than three at McGulpin. A large cloud of ducks seemingly flew in from southeast of the Mackinac Bridge and landed in the typical Redhead raft area during the first hour. I was hoping the strong NW winds would push some raptors over, but I only had a few, including a Northern Harrier flying north.

Redhead – 26
Surf Scoter – 1
White-winged Scoter – 34
Black Scoter – 6
Long-tailed Duck – 276
Common Merganser – 2
Red-breasted Merganser – 53
duck sp. – 856 (~840 landed east of the bridge)
Common Loon – 21
Horned Grebe – 1
Red-necked Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 4
Black-legged Kittiwake – 1
Bonaparte’s Gull – 4

Northern Harrier – 1
Bald Eagle – 5
Red-tailed Hawk – 1

Juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake, 10/29/16

Juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake, 10/29/16

Waterbird Count, October 28

One of the slowest days since August, but at least the southerly winds made the weather at McGulpin pretty nice. The main highlight for me was a lone Black Scoter flying west, though I can’t complain about seeing hundreds of Long-tailed Ducks. I’m glad to still have Red-throated Loons passing through as well.

Mallard – 2
Redhead – 26
Greater Scaup – 10
White-winged Scoter – 12
Black Scoter – 1
Long-tailed Duck – 289
Common Goldeneye – 2
Common Merganser – 4
Red-breasted Merganser – 5
duck sp. – 223
Red-throated Loon – 2
Common Loon – 6
Horned Grebe – 11
Red-necked Grebe – 5
Double-crested Cormorant – 4

Bald Eagle – 2

Female Pileated Woodpecker, 10/28/16

Female Pileated Woodpecker, 10/28/16

Common Loon, 10/28/16

Common Loon, 10/28/16

American Goldfinch, 10/28/16

American Goldfinch, 10/28/16

Horned Grebe, 10/28/16

Horned Grebe, 10/28/16

Owl Banding 10/27/16

Point LaBarbe, St. Ignace, MI
Night of October 27th, 2016

After a night off due to heavy rain and winds, movement was still pretty low and I caught only 7 Northern Saw-whets last night. The night started calm, with winds low until around 4 AM, it increased quickly from 2-3 mph up to an average of 9 mph with gusts up to 18. A light rain started at 6 AM, causing me to close a little early for the night.  I only totaled 6 new birds and 1 repeat from 27 days ago. Of the new birds caught 4 were female (1 hatch year, 2 second years, and 1 after second year), and 2 were males (1 second year, and 1 after second year).

Waterbird Count, October 27

A slow day with only the usual suspects. The morning started out rather miserable with strong NE wind and persistent rain for a couple hours, but turned into a really nice day with essentially no wind. All species were few in number except Long-tailed Ducks, though I did have 5 Mute Swans which is the most I’ve seen at McGulpin Point. The ducks east of the Mackinac Bridge rose up off the water, so I had many unidentified ducks. These ducks are presumed to be 99% Redheads, but at this distance it can’t be confirmed that that is what I’m seeing, so I don’t count them as such. Within the mix are surely some scaups and perhaps some other ducks.

Raptor migration was definitely not as slow. I ended up with one of my best Red-tailed Hawk days, complete with 2 western subspecies, dark-morph Red-tailed Hawks. It also ended up as my best Rough-legged Hawk day. It is getting late for Turkey Vultures, but I’m still getting a few.

Mute Swan – 5
Mallard – 4
Redhead – 15
Lesser Scaup – 1
White-winged Scoter – 22
Long-tailed Duck – 414
Common Merganser – 3
Red-breasted Merganser – 11
duck sp. – 958
Common Loon – 1
Double-crested Cormorant – 3

Turkey Vulture – 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Bald Eagle – 11
Red-tailed Hawk – 132
Rough-legged Hawk – 13

Dark morph, adult, western Red-tailed Hawk, 10/27/16

Dark morph, adult, western Red-tailed Hawk, 10/27/16

Turkey Vulture, 10/27/16

Turkey Vulture, 10/27/16

Dark morph, juvenile Rough-legged Hawk, 10/27/16

Dark morph, juvenile Rough-legged Hawk, 10/27/16

Mute Swans, 10/27/16

Mute Swans, 10/27/16

Waterbird Count, October 26

Waterbird activity was a bit slow today, aside from Long-tailed Ducks. I had my first-of-the-season Great Black-backed Gull soar by headed west. A handful of raptors alleviated the lack of movement in the afternoon.

American Black Duck – 2
Mallard – 8
Redhead – 4
White-winged Scoter – 12
Long-tailed Duck – 515
Common Goldeneye – 2
Common Merganser – 5
Red-breasted Merganser – 8
duck sp. – 173
Common Loon – 4
Horned Grebe – 3
Red-necked Grebe – 1
Double-crested Cormorant – 2
Great Black-backed Gull – 1

Turkey Vulture – 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Bald Eagle – 2
Red-tailed Hawk – 20
Rough-legged Hawk – 5

Snow Buntings, 10/26/16

Snow Buntings, 10/26/16

Owl Banding 10/25/16

Point LaBarbe, St. Ignace, MI
Night of October 25th, 2016

It was a beautiful but cold night last night; the ground glittered with frost, I saw a number of shooting starts, and was even treated to a short but intense show of Northern Lights. A north breeze turned into some pretty heavy winds after midnight, which ramped up the chill factor and slowed migration activity down for the night. I totaled only 8 total birds all night, but one of the owls caught was a long-eared owl, our 5th of the season! The other birds were all Saw-whets, 6 were female (2 hatch years, 1 second year, and 3 after second year), and 1 male (hatch year). The Long-eared owl was aged as an after second year, sex was unknown.

Photos courtesy of MSRW’s waterbird counter Jason Newton

Northern Saw-whet Owl Taking a wing cord (un-flattened wing) measurement helps determine sex

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Taking a wing cord (un-flattened wing) measurement helps to determine sex

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Long-eared Owl Taking a tail measurement, which helps determine the sex

Long-eared Owl
Taking a tail measurement helps to determine sex

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

Waterbird Count, October 25

The temperature was much more tolerable today due to calmer winds. Even though there a lot of heat shimmer, the main species on the move today were Long-tailed Ducks, who are easy to ID at a far distance in shimmer. It was quite a good Long-tailed movement, as well as White-winged Scoters. Other highlights were 3 Northern Pintail and 3 Black Scoters. As for raptors, Rough-legged Hawks are now moving through.

swan sp. – 2
Northern Pintail – 3
dabbling duck sp. – 1
Redhead – 11
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 1
White-winged Scoter – 246
Black Scoter – 3
scoter sp. – 6
Long-tailed Duck – 1659
Bufflehead – 3
Common Goldeneye – 4
Common Merganser – 4
Red-breasted Merganser – 39
duck sp. – 62
Common Loon – 6
Horned Grebe – 2
Red-necked Grebe – 1
Double-crested Cormorant – 2

Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 15
Rough-legged Hawk – 5

American Crow – 72

White-winged Scoter flock, 10/25/16

White-winged Scoter flock, 10/25/16

Common Goldeneye, 10/25/16

Common Goldeneye, 10/25/16

Common Merganser, 10/25/16

Common Merganser, 10/25/16

2nd Cycle Ring-billed Gull, 10/25/16

2nd Cycle Ring-billed Gull, 10/25/16

Adult Ring-billed Gull, 10/25/16

Adult Ring-billed Gull, 10/25/16

Red-tailed Hawk, 10/25/16

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, 10/25/16

Rough-legged Hawk, 10/25/16

Juvenile Rough-legged Hawk, 10/25/16

Redhead raft, seen from the Mackinac Bridge, 10/25/16

Redhead raft, seen from the Mackinac Bridge, 10/25/16

Redhead raft, seen from the Mackinac Bridge, 10/25/16

Redhead raft, seen from the Mackinac Bridge, 10/25/16

Owl Banding 10/24/16

Point LaBarbe, St. Ignace, MI
Night of October 24th, 2016

I’m not sure yet if migration is slowing down or it was the Southeast winds that kept movement down so low last night, but I only caught 2 new Saw-whets last night! Southeast winds are notoriously bad for migration, as it’s not a very good idea for owls to try and fly south into a head wind! Of the 2 birds netted, 1 was an after second year female, and the other was a hatch year male. Coupled with last night’s low numbers I’m wondering if migration is almost over, I’m hoping not as there is still about 2 weeks left in the banding season. Maybe the owls are better at telling the weather (unlike the meteorologists!) and they know something about the front that has been trying to move in for the last couple days. I’ll just have to wait and see!

Owl Banding 10/23/16

Point LaBarbe, St. Ignace, MI
Night of October 23rd, 2016

High winds made for a relatively slow night, totaling only 12 new Saw-whets caught (Its weird to think what I would have considered a good night this spring is now considered a slow night this fall!). 9 were female (6 hatch years, and 3 after second year birds), 1 was male (another hatch year), and the last 2 were unknown (1 second year, and an after second year bird). Our season total is now up to 473 Northern Saw-whet Owls banded, 4 Long-eared Owls, and 1 Barred Owl.