Waterbird Count 9/17/2018 – Prequel of tomorrow?

Birds were moving today, and the winds still aren’t from the north like they are predicted to be starting tonight.  Based on how many birds were found today, tomorrow, as well as some of the other days this week might have the highest counts of this season so far.

Here are today’s totals…

Canada Goose – 5

Mallard – 3

Blue-winged Teal – 1

Greater Scaup – 8 (First of season)

Common Merganser – 15

Red-breasted Merganser – 23

duck sp. – 19

Common Loon – 31 (highest of season so far)

Double-crested Cormorant – 333 (This is the number I’m using at least as I did not want to over-count them.  See the eBird list for details.)

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 3

Bald Eagle – 2 migrating adult (plus 2 resident adult and 1 immature adult)

Ring-billed Gull – 44

American Kestrel – 4 (all female)

Merlin – 1

Monarch Butterfly – 4

Today’s list via eBird.