Waterbird Count – 3 October

Another slow day again today before the front comes through tonight. My first Surf Scoter of the season was the highlight – a first year bird was loafing on the water in the afternoon, before eventually flying west. A group of White-winged Scoters flew by in the morning as well, but that was the extent of the waterbird activity. Northern Harriers and Sharp-shins came over in small numbers throughout the day, as did a pair of Sandhill Cranes.

Surf Scoter – 1
White-winged Scoter – 5
Common Merganser – 4
Common Loon – 3
Horned Grebe – 1
Double-crested Cormorant – 76
Ring-billed Gull – 9
Herring Gull – 5

Other species:
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 20
Bald Eagle – 1
Sandhill Crane – 2
Downy Woodpecker – 1
Blue Jay – 15
American Crow – 20
Common Raven – 4
Black-capped Chickadee – 4