Waterbird Count begins, March 19

I’m honored to be joining the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch to conduct this spring’s waterbird count!

Today, Darrell Lawson and I surveyed from McGulpin Point for eight hours starting at sunrise. Visibility was excellent and the wind was fairly calm.  We had good numbers and variety for being relatively early in the season.

Canada Goose – 6
American Wigeon – 2
Redhead – 1
Common Goldeneye – 11
Bufflehead – 6
Red-breasted Merganser  – 128
Common Merganser – 38
White-winged Scoter – 4
Long-tailed Duck – 4
Unidentified duck sp. – 155

Other birds of note:
Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 15
Golden Eagle – 4
Red-tailed Hawk – 4
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Northern Goshawk – 1
Merlin – 1

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

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