Waterbird Count – 21 October

Gorgeous weather today at the count, with almost no wind and warm temps. Not too many birds moving with the light south wind, but had decent species diversity nonetheless. Sharp-shins came over in small numbers in the afternoon, harassing the chickadees at the feeder. It was also another good day for Crow movement, with upwards of four hundred coming south throughout the day. The highlights of the day were a pair of Common Goldeneyes and a beautiful female Rough-legged Hawk that crossed over in the afternoon.

Canada Goose – 1
Redhead – 113
Surf Scoter – 1
White-winged Scoter – 11
Common Goldeneye – 2
Common Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 6
Duck sp. – 21
Common Loon – 6
Horned Grebe – 6
Red-necked Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 31
Ring-billed Gull – 65
Herring Gull – 2

Other species:
Northern Harrier – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 14
Bald Eagle – 1
Rough-legged Hawk – 1
Downy Woodpecker – 2
American Kestrel – 1
American Crow – 444
Common Raven – 1
Black-capped Chickadee – 4
Tufted Titmouse – 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1
White-breasted Nuthatch – 1
American Pipit – 2
Dark-eyes Junco – 1
Monarch Butterfly – 3