Waterbird Count – 20 September

It was a very foggy day today, and that combined with the warm, still weather made for a slow day, but species diversity is still pretty good compared to last week. A Blue-winged Teal and a Redhead flew by together shortly after dawn, and a handful of Redheads later in the day and the usual merganser activity were the extent of the duck activity for the day. Red-necked and Horned Grebes were loafing on the lake throughout the foggy morning, and the weather didn’t seem to deter raptor movement, with a Peregrine and a good number of Sharp-shins passing over as well.

Blue-winged Teal – 1
Redhead – 5
Hooded Merganser – 1
Common Merganser – 10
Red-breasted Merganser – 4
Duck sp – 1
Common Loon – 3
Horned Grebe – 3
Red-necked Grebe – 10
Double-crested Cormorant – 31
Ring-billed Gull – 7
Herring Gull – 4

Other species:
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 12
Bald Eagle – 4
Pileated Woodpecker – 1
American Kestrel – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
Blue Jay – 3
American Crow – 1
Black-capped Chickadee – 3
Tufted Titmouse – 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1
American Pipit – 3