Waterbird Count, September 13

Fairly productive day despite several hours of rain in the morning. Frustratingly, this rainy period is when many ducks passed through and due to low visibility and distance I missed out on IDing many of them. Also during the rain came a Jaeger, which actually hung around on the water for a while. Despite being so obliging, it was much too far for me to manage an identification, especially with the rainy conditions obscuring my visibility. Aside from the Jaeger, the most notable sighting was 2 Common Terns, of which I’ve had extremely few this fall — a total of 4 now.

Canada Goose – 27
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 3
Aythya sp. – 22
White-winged Scoter – 4
Common Merganser – 14
duck sp. – 28
Red-throated Loon – 1
Common Loon – 21
loon sp. – 1
Horned Grebe – 2
Red-necked Grebe – 13
Double-crested Cormorant – 45
jaeger sp. – 1
Common Tern – 2

Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 1
Merlin – 1

Monarch – 2