Waterbird Count – 30 & 31 October

The last two days have been similar in terms of bird activity and weather, aside from the small snowstorm that hit late this afternoon as I was finishing up the count. Strong WNW winds persisted throughout the count both today and yesterday, bringing with them good numbers of ducks. Goldeneye and Buffleheads moved through the straits in good numbers today, and large mixed flocks of ducks were headed west yesterday far out over the water. Long-tails are still moving in good numbers, and yesterday brought more loons that I’ve had in a while now.

 

Though the Harlequin didn’t show up yesterday, it was back this morning. It spent much of the count loafing on the water right out from the beach, and as far as I know was still in the area when I left today at 4:15.

 

30 October
White-winged Scoter – 38
Scoter sp. – 5
Long-tailed Duck – 214
Common Merganser – 48
Red-breasted Merganser – 32
Merganser sp. – 80
Duck sp. – 654
Red-throated Loon – 1
Common Loon – 6
Loon sp. – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 2
Bonaparte’s Gull – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 5
Other species:
Northern Harrier – 2
Bald Eagle – 2
American Crow – 56
Snow Bunting – 1
31 October
Mallard – 8
Aythya sp. – 25
Harlequin Duck – 1
White-winged Scoter – 13
Black Scoter – 1
Scoter sp. – 14
Long-tailed Duck – 20
Bufflehead – 85
Common Goldeneye – 45
Common Merganser – 30
Red-breasted Merganser – 19
Merganser sp. – 16
Duck sp. – 235
Red-throated Loon – 1
Common Loon – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 4
Herring Gull – 3
Other species:
Bald Eagle – 1
Common Raven – 1

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