Waterbird Count, September 23

A pretty productive day with good waterbird movement in the morning and good raptor movement in the afternoon. Yet again I saw the large group of ducks on the east side of the bridge rise up and land back down on the water. I conservatively estimated 1600 but it’s rather difficult to count a dense, undulating cloud of ducks. Sandhill Cranes are beginning to move more and more.

Canada Goose – 529
Redhead – 16
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 12
White-winged Scoter – 19
Common Merganser – 29
Red-breasted Merganser – 3
duck sp. – 1666
Red-throated Loon – 1
Common Loon – 32
Red-necked Grebe – 16
Double-crested Cormorant – 73

Turkey Vulture – 83
Osprey – 1
Northern Harrier – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 4
Cooper’s Hawk – 1
Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk – 1
Bald Eagle – 13
Red-tailed Hawk – 3
falcon sp. – 1

Sandhill Crane – 116

Monarch – 3