Waterbird Count, October 24

Strong WNW wind, mid-40s, and occasional showers made today quite cold. There was thick heat shimmer so my visibility was a bit impacted. Long-tailed Ducks are still moving in large numbers and Double-crested Cormorants have nearly departed. A deceased Red-necked Grebe washed up on shore during the count, a potential victim of botulism.

American Wigeon – 1
American Black Duck – 1
Mallard – 1
Redhead – 41
Greater Scaup – 1
White-winged Scoter – 71
scoter sp. – 4
Long-tailed Duck – 533
Common Merganser – 3
Red-breasted Merganser – 51
duck sp. – 429
Common Loon – 9
Red-necked Grebe – 1
Double-crested Cormorant – 1

Bald Eagle – 2

Deceased Red-necked Grebe, 10/24/16

Deceased Red-necked Grebe, 10/24/16