Waterbird Count, October 20

It was quite cold today with an unpleasant northerly wind.  It ended up being my best Common Loon day of the season and my best Bufflehead day at McGulpin Point. Other highlights were a single Bonaparte’s Gull, a nice flight of Red-tailed Hawks, and a juvenile Golden Eagle — the only one I’ve seen here this fall. Also, my first Snow Bunting of the fall was seen flying down the beach.

Green-winged Teal – 1
Redhead – 343
Greater Scaup – 22
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 9
Aythya sp. – 1
Surf Scoter – 1
White-winged Scoter – 80
Surf/Black Scoter – 4
Long-tailed Duck – 49
Bufflehead – 25
Common Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 17
duck sp. – 428
Red-throated Loon – 2
Common Loon – 98
loon sp. – 1
Horned Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 11
Bonaparte’s Gull – 1

Turkey Vulture – 17
Golden Eagle – 1
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 2
Bald Eagle – 11
Red-tailed Hawk – 57
Buteo sp. – 2

American Crow – 199

Juvenile Golden Eagle, 10/20/16

Juvenile Golden Eagle, 10/20/16