Waterbird Count, April 22

Not a bad day for waterbird migration. Many flocks were flying much higher than usual. The majority of Red-breasted Mergansers I saw today appeared to be migrating, which is interesting because as of late they had almost all been loafers. I had a new species for the season with a flock of 13 Gadwall. Quite a few Bonaparte’s Gulls passed by heading west, unfortunately I couldn’t find yesterday’s Little Gull among them. Very few raptors passed over me today.

Canada Goose – 4
Gadwall – 13
Mallard – 9
Northern Shoveler – 3
Northern Pintail – 2
Green-winged Teal – 1
Redhead – 51
Greater Scaup – 39
White-winged Scoter – 27
Long-tailed Duck – 164
Bufflehead – 6
Common Goldeneye – 2
Common Merganser – 27
Red-breasted Merganser – 143
Unidentified duck sp. – 58
Common Loon – 18
Red-necked Grebe – 1
Double-Crested Cormorant – 41
Great Blue Heron – 2
Bonaparte’s Gull – 43

Others:
Turkey Vulture – 9
Northern Harrier – 3
Bald Eagle – 3
Sandhill Crane – 16