Waterbird Count – 25 & 26 September

The past two days have been similar in weather and bird activity – aside from a front that brought in clouds and north winds this afternoon, it’s been hot, calm, and clear. Subsequently, there’s been little duck movement, but Sharp-shinned Hawks have been trickling over consistently, and Loons have been moving in good number both mornings. The calm weather also seems to be good for monarch movement. Songbird flocks have been coming over several times a morning for the past few days as well. They seem to be primarily warblers, but they’ve been flying straight over the beach and heading back into the woods, so I haven’t been able to get a good look at many of them.

25 September
Canada Goose – 50
Mallard – 2
Redhead – 6
Hooded Merganser – 2
Common Merganser – 62
Common Loon – 47
Horned Grebe – 2
Red-necked Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 24
Ring-billed Gull – 9
Herring Gull – 12

Other species:
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 43
Bald Eagle – 8
American Kestrel – 3
Merlin – 1
American Crow – 2
Common Raven – 7
Tufted Titmouse – 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1
Monarch Butterfly – 51

26 September
Canada Goose – 49
Hooded Merganser – 1
Common Merganser – 16
Common Loon – 21
Red-necked Grebe – 4
Double-crested Cormorant – 18
Ring-billed Gull – 3
Herring Gull – 5

Other species:
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 49
Bald Eagle – 2
Belted Kingfisher – 1
Pileated Woodpecker – 1
American Kestrel – 3
Blue Jay – 50
American Crow – 2
Common Raven – 3
Black-capped Chickadee – 4
Tufted Titmouse – 1
Monarch Butterfly – 16