Waterbird Count, August 21 & 22

Pretty quiet couple of days with hazy weather for the waterbird count. Visibility was between 1-2 miles all day on the 21st, and we saw little of note besides high numbers of Herring Gulls loafing an foraging throughout the day. A pair of Blue-winged Teal and a group of Hooded Mergansers were foraging near the count site throughout the day, but no ducks seem to be moving yet. The 22nd brought rain and wind with an accompanying cold front, so things may start picking up tomorrow. More Red-necked Grebes moving today than the past couple of days, but with the poor visibility that was most of the excitement for the day.

August 21

Blue-winged Teal – 4

Hooded Merganser – 15

duck sp – 2

Common Loon – 2

Red-necked Grebe – 86

Double-crested Cormorant – 52

Great Blue Heron – 2

Ring-billed Gull – 13

Herring Gull – 393

gull sp – 7

 

 

Other species of note:

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Bald Eagle – 2

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Merlin – 1

Monarch Butterfly – 2

 

August 22

Hooded Merganser – 14

Common Loon – 4

Red-necked Grebe – 132

Double-crested Cormorant – 49

Ring-billed Gull – 1

Herring Gull – 28

 

Other species of note:

Bald Eagle – 1

Monarch Butterfly – 1