Waterbird Count – 29 September

Strong north winds and intermittent rain throughout the count today, which made visibility pretty limited during peak activity in the morning. Still a lot of duck activity today, and very little Loon or raptor activity. Again the majority of the ducks seem to be Redheads, with some Scaup and miscellaneous other species mixed in in smaller numbers. A group of five Great Egrets flew over the straits in the rain early this morning, which is the first time I’ve seen them this month.
Green-winged Teal – 1
Redhead – 130
Greater Scaup – 2
Aythya sp. – 10
White-winged Scoter – 4
Scoter sp. – 2
Common Merganser – 9
Duck sp. – 154
Common Loon – 5
Red-necked Grebe – 2
Double-created Cormorant – 54
Great Egret – 5
Ring-billed Gull – 16
Herring Gull – 8
Other species:
Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 4
American Crow – 2