Waterbird Count, October 11

Pleasant weather has returned — it got up to 73 F by the final hour with little to no wind and calm water. Unfortunately, tomorrow seems like rain. I had the best day of White-winged Scoters of the season thus far, but aside from that it was pretty average. Double-crested Cormorants finally seem to be petering out. A good number of Sharp-shinned Hawks passed by.

Canada Goose – 50
Mute Swan – 2
Redhead – 71
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 1
Surf Scoter – 6
White-winged Scoter – 85
Long-tailed Duck – 21
Common Merganser – 25
Red-breasted Merganser – 5
duck sp. – 338
Red-throated Loon – 1
Common Loon – 10
loon sp. – 1
Horned Grebe – 5
Red-necked Grebe – 5
Double-crested Cormorant – 11

Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 74
Bald Eagle – 4

Monarch – 1

First winter Ring-billed Gull, 10/10/16

First winter Ring-billed Gull, 10/10/16

Herring & Ring-billed Gulls, 10/11/16

Herring & Ring-billed Gulls, 10/11/16

American Crows, 10/11/16

American Crows, 10/11/16

Male & female White-winged Scoters, 10/11/16

Male & female White-winged Scoters, 10/11/16

Tailless Sharp-shinned Hawk, 10/06/16 (Photo by Lynn Fraze)

Tailless Sharp-shinned Hawk, 10/06/16 (Photo by Lynn Fraze)