First Waterbird Count of the Fall – 20 August

Hi folks! My name is Aspen, and I’m honored to be the waterbird counter for MSRW’s fall season.


The season started out with a pretty slow day today, and beautiful clear weather. Ed Pike and I counted from McGulpin Point starting at sunrise, and primarily had Double-crested Cormorants and Red-necked Grebes moving through the straits and foraging. Not too many birds seem to be migrating yet.


Hooded Merganser – 2

duck sp – 2

Common Loon – 2

Red-necked Grebe – 67

Double-crested Cormorant – 144

Great Egret – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 1

Herring Gull – 52

gull sp – 2

Caspian Tern – 1



Other species:

Spotted Sandpiper – 1

Bald Eagle – 1

Merlin – 2

Monarch Butterfly – 3

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