Waterbirds 10-10 and 10-11 2015

It was an exciting couple of days for waterbird counting this weekend.  We had more diversity than has been typical.  Saturday morning started out with a flock of twenty-nine Snow Geese on the first scan!  This was soon followed by six Trumpeter Swans that flew off the water at close range.  These were later relocated in Cecil Bay. American Crows came across in waves.  Ducks and Loons moved through the Straits in good numbers throughout the count.  Here is the breakdown.

Species East West
Double-crested Cormorant 7 16
Snow Goose 0 29
Long-tailed Duck 7 44
Redhead 55 57
Green-winged Teal 0 2
Common Loon 16 5
Greater Scaup 0 3
Aythya sp. 110 25
Red-necked Grebe 2 0
White-winged Scoter 9 54
Mallard 0 7
Horned Grebe 0 2
American Wigeon 0 15
Duck sp. 12 0
Surf Scoter 0 5

Sunday morning continued the good diversity and added the first Bonaparte’s Gull of the season.  The highlight, however, were the twelve Northern Harriers that flew across the straits.  Here is the list followed by some photos from both days.

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Species East West
White-winged Scoter 14 24
Double-crested Cormorant 10 5
Mallard 0 2
Redhead 14 148
Red-breasted/Common Merganser 2 0
Common Loon 12 2
Long-tailed Duck 0 12
Surf/Black Scoter 0 6
Suck sp. 10 2
Gadwall 3 0
Red-throated Loon 1 1
American Wigeon 0 4
Greater Scaup 1 0
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Horned Grebes sitting on the water.

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One of the Northern Harriers that flew over the lake.

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Another of the Northern Harriers.

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A flock of Redhead with one American Wigeon.

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Surf Scoters