Waterbird Count – 31 August 2017

Heavy north winds and a cold front started a lot of birds moving through the straits this morning. Steve Baker joined me at the count for a couple hours in hope of jaegers, and while we remained jaegerless, we had a pretty good morning. Canada Geese are starting to migrate in good numbers, and we had big groups of Red-necked Grebes moving through as well. Several duck flocks passed through, including some Mallards and Redheads. The afternoon was quieter, but a handful of Bonaparte’s Gulls and a Broad-winged Hawk in the parking lot kept things interesting.

Canada Goose – 132
Mallard – 3
Redhead – 5
Hooded Merganser – 2
Duck sp – 60
Red-necked Grebe – 124
Double-created Cormorant – 27
Ring-billed Gull – 35
Bonaparte’s Gull – 3
Herring Gull – 1

Bald Eagle – 1
Broad-winged Hawk – 1
American Crow – 1
Monarch Butterfly – 3