Waterbird Count, March 27

Pretty productive day number and variety-wise until the rain started around 1:00pm. Darrell Lawson joined me in the afternoon and brought the raptors with him, including a Northern subspecies Red-tailed Hawk. Large numbers of Long-tailed Ducks continue around St. Helena Island, but with the overcast and fog, it was difficult to get an accurate count. The best sighting today was two Greater White-fronted Geese that were flying south across the Straits, west of McGulpin Point.

Greater White-fronted Goose – 2
Canada Goose – 54
Wood Duck – 2
Mallard – 16
Redhead – 7
White-winged Scoter – 25
Long-tailed Duck – 554
Bufflehead – 9
Common Goldeneye – 12
Common Merganser – 15
Red-breasted Merganser – 258
Unidentified duck sp. – 74

Golden Eagle – 1
Bald Eagle – 3
Cooper’s Hawk – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 17
Merlin – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
Sandhill Crane – 2

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