Waterbird Count – 28 September

The wind calmed down today compared to yesterday, but still had a good deal of duck activity. Aythya ducks were flying back and forth in flocks of 10-100 throughout the day, seeming to be heading roughly to and from the regular staging spot at the north end of the bridge. It appeared that the majority were Redheads, but some Greater Scaup were definitely in the mix as well. Loon and Raptor numbers are way down today from the last few days, and Common Mergansers weren’t making much of an appearance either, but it’s great to see that the Redheads are starting to move through.

Canada Goose – 25
Redhead – 95
Greater Scaup – 6
Scaup sp. – 7
Aythya sp. – 315
Hooded Merganser – 1
Common Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 5
Duck sp. – 214
Common Loon – 3
Red-necked Grebe – 18
Double-crested Cormorant – 12
Ring-billed Gull – 15
Herring Gull – 7
Gull sp. – 250

Other species:
Bald Eagle – 1
American Crow – 1
Common Raven – 2
Monarch Butterfly – 1