Waterbird Count, September 22

The day started off pretty bleak with rain from sunrise until around 10:20 AM. Once the rain stopped and visibility improved, waterbird movement increased pretty decently. I once again observed a huge group of ducks on the east side of the Mackinac Bridge lift off the water and land again, this time I estimated at least 1000. Geese were the main birds on the move, including 1 white morph Snow Goose. Passerine activity along the beach was quite high, I saw quite a few warblers and there were many American Pipits crossing the Straits.

Snow Goose – 1
Canada Goose – 234
American Black Duck – 3
Mallard – 11
Redhead – 88
Lesser Scaup – 1
White-winged Scoter – 3
Common Merganser – 8
duck sp. – 1038
Common Loon – 6
Horned Grebe – 4
Red-necked Grebe – 3
Double-crested Cormorant – 55
Great Blue Heron – 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
American Kestrel – 5

Sandhill Crane – 2

American Pipit – 74
Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
Nashville Warbler – 4
Northern Parula – 1
Magnolia Warbler – 1
Bay-breasted Warbler – 1
Blackburnian Warbler – 1
Blackpoll Warbler – 3
Palm Warbler – 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2
Black-throated Green Warbler – 2