Waterbird Count – 14 September

It was foggy and calm this morning, with north winds picking up into the afternoon. Still very little waterbird activity, though the first pair of scaup of the season flew by in the afternoon, and twenty Common Mergansers were chasing a school of fish in the shallow water by the shore.  A  Sharp-shinned Hawk and some monarchs flew over before the wind picked up, and several flocks of geese crossed over heading south.
Canada Goose – 87
Greater/Lesser Scaup – 2
Common Merganser – 24
Common Loon – 3
Double-crested Cormorant – 21
Ring-billed Gull – 14
Herring Gull – 2
Other species:
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Bald Eagle – 1
Belted Kingfisher – 2
Pileated Woodpecker – 1
Blue Jay – 9
American Crow – 2
Common Raven – 2
Black-capped Chickadee – 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1
Monarch Butterfly – 4