Waterbird Count, May 14

Unlike the last few days, the straits were experiencing moderate winds, creating waves just high enough to hide the birds in excess of one mile away. Another trend breaker for today was the fact that even though there was only a small number of loons seen today, they were all seen in the morning rather than the afternoon. Despite the increase in wind speed, that did not deter the insects from infesting the air at McGulpin Point- in fact, the winds seemed to make the situation only worse.

Canada Goose – 4
White-winged Scoter – 6
Long-tailed Duck – 481
Common Goldeneye – 2
Common Merganser – 9
Red-breasted Merganser – 254
Common Loon – 6
Double-crested Cormorant – 59
duck sp. – 5
Caspian Tern – 1
Common Tern – 3

Other Species:
Great Blue Heron – 1
Turkey Vulture – 4
Osprey – 1
Bald Eagle – 1