A lull in migration

Strong winds from the north and unfavorable weather seem to have halted migration during the past several days. I’m seeing loons move in decent numbers at McGulpin, but I expect that the biggest push is yet to come. The dominant species at this point in the season is (unsurprisingly) Red-breasted Merganser, while numbers of Long-tailed Duck seem to hover around a consistent amount. I’m surprised to be this far into April without a Bonaparte’s Gull, or any infrequent gull for that matter!

At Graham, resting Red-necked Grebes continue to outnumber Horned Grebes, though both species have increased in abundance lately. A few mixed flocks of dabbling ducks have also been migrating, primarily consisting of Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, and Northern Shoveler.

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