Waterbird Count, September 19

Today brought a nice variety, including two first-of-the-season birds — Northern Shoveler and Red-breasted Merganser. As with yesterday, there were many distant, unidentifiable duck flocks headed east today. I had a nice Common Loon flight, tying my season record from 9/12 of 46 birds. Very little raptor migration today, I only had Kestrels actually cross the Straits.

Canada Goose – 1
Mallard – 3
Northern Shoveler – 3
Green-winged Teal – 4
Redhead – 27
Common Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 2
duck sp. – 160
Red-throated Loon – 1
Common Loon – 46
Horned Grebe – 1
Red-necked Grebe – 5
Double-crested Cormorant – 69

Turkey Vulture – 16
Bald Eagle – 2
American Kestrel – 3