Waterbird Count, March 28

An average day, duck-wise. The Long-tailed Ducks continue around St. Helena Island. A passing helicopter helped me count them by making many of them fly around briefly. Raptors kept things interesting with a Snowy Owl flying north low over the water around 8:30am and a good movement of Turkey Vultures later in the day, mostly in the last hour.

Canada Goose – 1
Mallard – 6
Redhead – 6
Greater Scaup – 3
White-winged Scoter – 22
Long-tailed Duck – 739
Common Goldeneye – 20
Common Merganser – 13
Red-breasted Merganser – 164
Common/Red-breasted Merganser – 2
Unidentified duck sp. – 140

Turkey Vulture – 32
Bald Eagle – 10
Red-tailed Hawk – 5
Snowy Owl – 1

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