Waterbird Count, May 7

Strong north winds made for little waterbird movement and a long day for a waterbird counter.  I filled in for Josh today so that he could have a much-deserved day off.  There were very few highlights as there were very few birds.  A Red-throated Loon flew over during the first hour.  This is a much more expected species in the fall, but during the spring it is pretty much a rarity.  In the fifth hour, a Golden Eagle flew over the straits on its way to the Upper Peninsula.  Other than that, there was a slow, but steady trickle of White-winged Scoters.  There were quite a few Red-breasted Mergansers and some distant Long-tailed Ducks resting on the water, but they were typically only visible when they were frightened and lifted off to escape.  A pair of Bald Eagles and a helicopter provided such a threat, real or perceived, which made it easier to count the mergansers.

For a full list of birds, visit http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36638734.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Mergansers