Belated Waterbird Count – September 3rd

I gave Jason a day off and did the count on Saturday.  It was pretty slow overall.  Mostly it was Double-crested Cormorants passing back and forth.  However, there were enough Common Loons in the morning to keep me occupied.  By the late morning I could see raptors beginning to kettle in large numbers over the Upper Peninsula.  The calm, sunny, warm day seemed like good tidings for a big raptor flight, but overall it never picked up as I had hoped.  However, Bald Eagles did move south in good numbers, with 31 being counted, mostly in the afternoon.  For a complete checklist for the count, see this eBird checklist.

And here are a few photos from the count.

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Savannah Sparrow

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Bald Eagle

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Belted Kingfisher

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Belted Kingfisher

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Distant Common Loons

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Common Merganser

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Common Mergansers

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Pileated Woodpecker