Catch up Waterbird report –October 15

October 15 dawned with cool WNW winds and peaks of blue sky.I observed for two hours at McGulpin Point and picked up a nice variety of waterfowl. It gives me indigestion to say that a highlight was a fly by of a Mute Swan pair. Other tallies were 12 DC Cormorant, 3 RB Merganser, 6 Common Merganser, 33 WW Scoter, 315 Aythya type ducks, 332 UFD(Unidentified Flying Duck),26 Common Loon, 2 Horned Grebe, 6 Red-necked Grebe, and 83 Redhead.
Other observations of south bound migrants include over 150 Crows, 3 Northern Harriers, 40 Turkey Vultures, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks, and a single Merlin.

From 10 to 11 am I moved just east of the bridge near the Old Mackinac Lighthouse and noted a nice migration of raptors with 190 Turkey Vultures(TVs often follow the bridge),9 Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks, and 2 Merlins. Submitted by Steve Bakerimage

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