Waterbird Count, October 1

A tad slow today with intermittent showers throughout the count. I spent a while scrutinizing what I assume was a dark-eyed sub-adult Herring Gull that gave me a California Gull vibe, which subsequently got flushed by a Bald Eagle and never returned. I suspect it was just a Herring Gull. Other than that, nothing too noteworthy. Personal highlights were 4 female-type Surf Scoters that landed in the Straits and 2 Northern Harriers migrating in the rain.

Canada Goose – 60
Redhead -15
Greater Scaup – 4
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 3
Surf Scoter – 4
White-winged Scoter – 25
Common Merganser – 15
duck sp. – 30
Red-throated Loon – 3
Common Loon – 38
Horned Grebe – 2
Red-necked Grebe – 14
Double-crested Cormorant – 65

Turkey Vulture – 2
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Bald Eagle – 4

Sandhill Crane – 13