Waterbird Count – 20 October

Quiet day with light south winds today. It was another good day for crow movement, but little waterbird activity to speak of. Ed mentioned this morning that the Redhead raft is well in place east of the bridge, with what he estimated as approximately 5,000 birds. Several songbirds joined me on the beach today that I haven’t seen much of yet this season, including some juncos, White-breasted Nuthatches, and Lapland Longspurs.

White-winged Scoter – 14
Surf/Black Scoter – 1
Common Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 8
Duck sp. – 12
Common Loon – 1
Horned Grebe – 8
Red-necked Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 11
Ring-billed Gull – 15
Herring Gull – 1

Other species:
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 5
Downy Woodpecker – 1
American Crow – 373
Black-capped Chickadee – 5
Tufted Titmouse – 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1
White-breasted Nuthatch – 1
Lapland Longspur – 2
Dark-eyed Junco – 1