This morning, Sept. 22 it seemed slow but I ended up with some good numbers of species. I again had Sandhill Cranes (3) fly north across the Straits; makes me wonder if some of the northern Cranes move north to the staging grounds in the Rudyard-Pickford area. Most of the D.C. Cormorants were again flying to the west with some smaller numbers. Movement of waterbirds slowed in the second hour with the third hour bringing in other species; Passerines – 7, (N. Pipit or Horned Lark) – 2 flocks 34 and 14; Sharp-shinned Hawk – 3; Merlin- 1, Bald Eagle – 1 flying from U.P. to Lower.
Waterbirds: D.C. Cormorant – 56, Canada Goose – 33, C. Merganser – 13, C. Loon 7 east bound 5 west bound, Red-throated Loon -1 east bound, Redhead 14, Mallard 4, Longtailed Duck – 3, Teal sp. – 9, Duck sp. – 88, Swan sp. 1, Jaeger sp. 1.
As a side note, early evening, Sept. 21 when crossing the bridge I saw 2 flocks of several hundred ducks on the water to the east; probably the Redheads starting to build in numbers.