Waterbird Count, March 20

The first day of spring brought calm winds and cool temperatures — a nice change from yesterday. The Straits had frozen a bit overnight, and as the day warmed the ice stacked up along the shore creating nice sights and sounds.

I was joined again by Darrell Lawson today. Movement and variety was similar to yesterday, pretty good for early in the season.

Canada Goose – 47
Mallard – 3
Redhead – 44
Unidentified Aythya sp. – 33
Bufflehead – 2
Common Goldeneye – 7
Common Merganser – 21
Red-breasted Merganser – 86
Common/Red-breasted Merganser – 4
Long-tailed Duck – 1
White-winged Scoter – 31
Unidentified duck sp. – 109

Other species of note:
Turkey Vulture – 5
Bald Eagle – 15
Golden Eagle – 2
Northern Harrier – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 1
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Merlin – 1
Sandhill Crane – 2