Waterbird Count, October 6

Fog early in the day and heat shimmer all day caused some visibility issues and resulted in some ID misses and an overall slow day. Nonetheless, the variety was pretty decent. Once the fog lifted in the afternoon, the Sharp-shinned Hawk migration was excellent — my 2nd best day behind my 100+ day earlier this week. One minor highlight which may seem insignificant was 6 Tufted Titmice at the feeders on the beach. Prior to this, I had never seen more than 2 Titmice at once at McGulpin Point, which is the northern extreme of their range in Michigan, very rarely do they venture to the UP.

Canada Goose – 19
American Wigeon – 1
Mallard – 11
Northern Shoveler – 1
teal sp. – 2
Redhead – 59
Greater Scaup – 2
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 4
Aythya sp. – 75
Surf Scoter – 2
White-winged Scoter – 7
scoter sp. – 20
Long-tailed Duck – 6
Hooded Merganser – 1
Common Merganser – 4
Red-breasted Merganser – 8
duck sp. – 108
Common Loon – 26
Horned Grebe – 5
Red-necked Grebe – 10
Double-crested Cormorant – 68

Turkey Vulture – 10
Northern Harrier – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 73
Bald Eagle – 4
Red-tailed Hawk – 2
American Kestrel – 3
Peregrine Falcon – 1
falcon sp. – 1

Monarch – 1