Waterbird Count, September 10

Nice weather graced McGulpin Point for the field trip to the waterbird count this morning. Unfortunately, nice weather often means low waterbird movement. Still, we saw a decent variety of species including Common Loons, Red-necked Grebes, Redheads, Common Mergansers, and of course Double-crested Cormorants. Many warblers flew over head down the beach. After the field trip ended, activity remained mostly stagnant for the remainder of the day. In the afternoon the forecasted storm arrived and brought 20+ mph wind and a couple hours of rain, and no new birds except 2 Canada Geese.

Canada Goose – 8
Mallard – 6
Redhead – 3
Common Merganser – 31
Common Loon – 18
Red-necked Grebe – 3
Double-crested Cormorant – 37

Bald Eagle – 3
American Kestrel – 1
Merlin – 1