Waterbird Count, November 9

Quite a good day of movement, especially considering it’s the penultimate day of the count. The first three hours were very productive, but it slowed down heavily afterward. There were many raptors moving south, but the west winds pushed most of them beyond my detection. Still, I had 3 Golden Eagles and 8 Rough-legged Hawks. In the morning, I also had a presumably local Merlin flying northward. I hadn’t seen a Merlin in a month or so prior to today.

Redhead – 1020 (all birds from east of the Mackinac Bridge moving west)
Greater Scaup – 4
White-winged Scoter – 70
Long-tailed Duck – 886
Bufflehead – 101
Common Goldeneye – 10
Common Merganser – 1
Red-breasted Merganser – 38
duck sp. – 7
Common Loon – 7
loon sp. – 1
Horned Grebe – 1
Red-necked Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 1

Golden Eagle – 3
Bald Eagle – 8
Red-tailed Hawk – 2
Rough-legged Hawk – 8
Merlin – 1