Waterbird Count September 5th, 6th, & 7th.

Well, if the cormorants weren’t truly on the move as of yet, they certainly were on the 6th as many flocks flew by.  The Red-necked Grebe numbers have gone up the past few days as well.  Typically in fall, the Red-necked Grebes pass this area going east.  Interestingly, most of the ones I’ve seen here this fall have been going west.  I’ve even seen several flocks come in from the northwest, fly towards the bridge bound for Lake Huron, and turn around headed back west for Lake Michigan.  I have no idea as to why this is, will there be an abnormally high amount of RNGR’s showing up in southern Lake Michigan this year?

Probably the best non-waterbird observation in the past few days was a beautiful male Black-throated Blue Warbler on Wednesday Morning.

Here are the counts…

9/5

Canada Goose – 22

Mute Swan – 2

Common Loon – 7

Red-necked Grebe – 7

Double-crested Cormorant – 72

Bald Eagle – 2 adult

Ring-billed Gull – 23

Herring Gull – 8

Monarch Butterfly – 4

Lists via eBird… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48350362  &  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48350429

9/6

Aytha sp. – 13

Hooded Merganser – 1

Common Loon – 19

Red-necked Grebe – 96

Double-crested Cormorant – 274

Bald Eagle – 6 (2 immature & 4 adult)

Ring-billed Gull – 21

Herring Gull – 1

Monarch Butterfly – 98

eBird list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48350525

9/7

Canada Goose – 46

Common Loon – 8

Loon sp. – 1

Red-necked Grebe – 55

Double-crested Cormorant – 85

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Bald Eagle – 8 counted (2 resident adult, 4 migrating adult, & 2 migrating immature)

Ring-billed Gull – 19

Monarch Butterfly – 6

eBird list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48350654