Quoth the Raven

Today started out overcast and very drizzly. It was very difficult keeping my optics free of water droplets that obscured my vision. However, as the day progressed, the drizzle stopped. It remained overcast, but was much easier to see. However, the waterbird flight remained slow. The most numerous species by far was Common Loons with a couple of Red-throated mixed in. The most interested flight of the day though, was the number of Common Ravens that arrived from the Upper Peninsula. They came sometimes singly, but sometimes in larger flocks. A total of fifteen were counted during the three hours of the count. The most surprising low number was that only nine Redhead were counted today. This may in part be due to the fact that the far shore was obscured by the drizzle, but even when the drizzle cleared up the flight was slow. Here is the breakdown along with a few photos.

Species East West
Double-crested Cormorant 2 12
Mallard 2 0
Common Loon 22 0
Green-winged Teal 4 0
Red-throated Loon 2 1
Redhead 9 0
White-winged Scoter 7 3
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American Pipit
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Common Loon
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Herring Gull
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Horned Grebe floating offshore
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White-crowned Sparrow

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