Waterbird Count 9/14 & 9/15

Not many birds were seen from McGulpin Point in the past 2 days that I would say were definitely migrating.  There have been a decent amount of warblers (especially Yellow-rumped), and other passerines moving around the woods south of McGulpin Point, but from this angle it’s hard to tell which ones are really on the move.

The migrants counted on the 14th were: 9 Canada Geese, 1 Common Loon, 251 Double-crested Cormorants including a single southbound flock of 145, 1 Least Sandpiper, and 3 Ring-billed Gulls.

eBird list 9/14/2018

Migrants counted on the 15th were: 5 Canada Geese, 5 Common Mergansers, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Common Loons, 115 Double-crested Cormorants, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 adult Bald Eagle, 1 American Kestrel, and 1 Merlin.

Additional birds were seen resting on the water like the local family of Common Mergansers that have still been around, 2 Common Loons, and 1 Red-necked Grebe.  2 Pine Siskins and 2 Purple Finches were seen flying past yesterday, and all the birds found can be viewed on this complete eBird list.

The wind is predicted to become more northerly on Monday night and stay that way for at least the following 2 days.  This should hopefully bring a lot of birds to the Straits area with lot’s of counting to be done.