A Good Start – 9/20/2015

Today started out well.  During the first hour and a half I counted 34 Common Loons and 187 Redhead and other Aythya sp.  There were also many American Pipits and Yellow-rumped Warblers flying in off the lake.  The most unusual was a Pileated Woodpecker that also flew in off the lake.  This is a species that I never thought of as a bird that would fly long distances over water, but I guess they do.

The second hour and a half was much slower and continued to get slower as the morning went on.  Here is a breakdown of what was counted followed by a few photos.

Species East West
Duck sp. 45 11
Common Loon 26 9
Double-crested Cormorant 8 36
Aythya sp. 120 0
Horned Grebe 0 2
Loon sp. 2 0
Common Merganser 2 3
Red-breasted Merganser 3 0
Redhead 104 0
Merganser sp. 14 1
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American Pipit

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Blue Jay

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Sunrise

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Sunset after helping setup the owl banding nets.

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Common Merganser hunting

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Common Merganser