Waterbird Count – 16 October

It was a quieter day today at McGulpin, with southwest winds increasing throughout the day. It rained for a couple of hours in the early afternoon, but the rest of the day was cold and sunny. The morning was good for vulture and crow movement, and a few Sharp-shins and Harriers came over as well. Horned Grebes were loafing on the water in small groups throughout the day, and scoters were movingly good numbers.

Mallard – 2
Aythya sp. – 100
Surf Scoter – 1
White-winged Scoter – 44
Surf/Black Scoter – 10
Common Merganser – 4
Red-breasted Merganser – 1
Duck sp. – 79
Common Loon – 4
Loon sp. – 3
Horned Grebe – 9
Red-necked Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 13
Ring-billed Gull – 10
Herring Gull – 2

Other species:
Turkey Vulture – 54
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 7
Bald Eagle – 5
American Crow – 285
Black-capped Chickadee – 4
American Pipit – 4