Waterbird Count 9/18-9/20

On the 18th, things with wings of all categories were on the move, waterbirds, raptors, and the highest count of Monarch Butterflies I’ve had in a few weeks now.  The 19th was not as productive as the 18th, and today, a rainy and foggy day, even less so.  Friday afternoon into Saturday the winds are predicted to come from the northwest, so on Saturday morning there might be a good number of birds to count.

Here are the migrants counted from McGulpin Point in the past 3 days…

9/18

Snow Goose – 1 (First of season)

Canada Goose – 63

Mute Swan – 2

Gadwall – 4

White-winged Scoter – 8

Common Merganser – 1 (Plus the local family of 5 are still around)

Red-breasted Merganser – 3

Common Loon – 21

Double-crested Cormorant – 65

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 3

Northern Harrier – 5

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 23

Cooper’s Hawk – 2

Bald Eagle – 16 (9 immature & 7 adult)

Broad-winged Hawk – 2

Unidentified Eagle – 4

Sandhill Crane – 66

Ring-billed Gull – 6

Herring Gull – 3

American Kestrel – 1

Merlin – 4

Unidentified Falcon – 1

Unidentified Raptor – 10

American Pipit – 1

Monarch Butterfly – 20

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9/19

Canada Goose – 46

Teal sp. – 1

Aythya sp. – 2

Red-breasted Merganser – 6

duck sp. – 2

Common Loon – 9

loon sp. – 1

Double-crested Cormorant – 121

Turkey Vulture – 2

Ring-billed Gull – 28

Herring Gull – 3

Merlin – 1

American Pipit – 5

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9/20

Mallard – 4

Common Merganser – 17 (plus local family of 5)

Double-crested Cormorant – 45

peep sp. – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 40

Herring Gull – 2

Peregrine Falcon – 1

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