Waterbird Count – 30 September

Hi everyone,

I filled in for Aspen again today.  The morning was more productive than I have seen yet this fall.  Most of the early morning consisted of counting Redheads and White-winged Scoters.  Here are a few of the former.


The highlight of the morning came when a group of Canada Geese came over with a blue-morph Snow Goose.  Although the picture is not great, here it is.

Snow Goose with Canada Geese

The loon numbers were very low today, with only two Common Loons and three Red-throated Loons.

After the first two and a half hours had a decent amount of activity, the waterbird movement just sort of died.  The next two hours were pretty slow until the raptors started moving.

Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures and Sharp-shinned Hawks all came south in good numbers.  The real excitement came when a western subspecies (calurus) Red-tailed Hawk flew directly overhead.

“Western” Red-tailed Hawk

I’ll leave you with a few more photos from today, followed with a full list of birds counted.  Thanks for reading!

American Pipits
American Pipit
American Pipit
Northern Harrier

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)  1
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  73
goose sp. (Anser/Branta sp.)  15
Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  10
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  1
Redhead (Aythya americana)  1137
Aythya sp. (Aythya sp.)  413
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)  63
scoter sp. (Melanitta sp.)  10
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  9
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  2
duck sp. (Anatinae sp.)  63
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)  3
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  2
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  17
Horned/Eared Grebe (Podiceps auritus/nigricollis)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  17
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  57
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  11
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  7
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  19
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) (Buteo jamaicensis calurus/alascensis)  1
Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)  6
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  6
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  5
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  100
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  2
falcon sp. (Falco sp.)  1
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  7
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  2
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  28
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
passerine sp. (Passeriformes sp.)  33

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