Waterbird Count, September 16

A decent morning of waterbirds gave way to a decent afternoon of raptors. A lot of Redheads were on the move, mostly flying west. An unidentified swan was flying and then landed on the water very far out, seemingly along Pointe La Barbe. I believe there are Mute Swans along that coast, so it was likely one of them. With raptors, I had the most Bald Eagles I’ve ever had on the count, as well as three species of falcons.

swan sp. – 1
Redhead – 139
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 1
Aythya sp. – 20
Hooded Merganser – 2
Common Merganser – 10
duck sp. – 21
Common Loon – 15
loon sp. – 1
Horned Grebe – 1
Red-necked Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 89

Turkey Vulture – 18
Osprey – 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 7
Accipiter sp. – 1
Bald Eagle – 36
Red-tailed Hawk – 1
American Kestrel – 2
Merlin – 2
Peregrine Falcon – 1

Monarch – 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk, 9/15/16

Sharp-shinned Hawk, 9/15/16