Waterbird Count, October 2

Despite a rainy first half of the count, movement was pretty good. It ended up being my best loon day of the season thus far for both species. Highlights of the day for me were two close flying female Surf Scoters and two flocks of Red-throated Loons, both with five birds, flying east. Mergansers and scoters are increasing and Double-crested Cormorants are still around in large numbers.

Canada Goose – 20
Green-winged Teal – 8
teal sp. – 2
Redhead – 68
Greater Scaup – 5
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 1
Surf Scoter – 2
White-Winged Scoter – 33
Surf/Black Scoter – 3
scoter sp. – 8
Common Merganser – 13
Red-breasted Merganser – 7
Common/Red-breasted Merganser – 15
duck sp. – 17
Red-throated Loon – 13
Common Loon – 70
Horned Grebe – 3
Red-necked Grebe – 24
Double-crested Cormorant – 96
Great Blue Heron – 1

Turkey Vulture – 23
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 2
Bald Eagle – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 2

Sandhill Crane – 7

Great Blue Heron on McGulpin Rock, 10/02/16

Great Blue Heron on McGulpin Rock, 10/02/16