Waterbird Count, May 10 (Evening Census)

Unlike the earlier hours today, the winds at dusk were much stronger, creating larger waves, and making it difficult to pick out loafing birds at greater distances.  The visibility had also been cut in half, making it even more difficult to distinguish birds on the horizon.  Nevertheless, the evening census was still successful; the first Common Tern of the season was identified, and the first Merlin since April 26th was seen making its way north.  The insect activity showed no sign of waning since the early hours, since they were still finding their way into my eyes and nostrils.

White-winged Scoter – 10
Long-tailed Duck – 308
Common Merganser – 11
Red-breasted Merganser – 175
Double-crested Cormorant – 53
duck sp. – 6
Common Tern – 1

Other Species:
Merlin – 1