Waterbird Count, September 25

Not nearly as productive as Darrell’s day yesterday, but a good day nonetheless. I had my best loon day of the season for both species. The goose movement of the past few days seems to have slowed a bit, but I still had a decent amount. I had a large flock of Redheads move west, just as Darrell did yesterday, but it was 10x fewer… with about 230 birds. As waterbird movement slowed in the afternoon, I had a small movement of raptors, including a Peregrine Falcon. I saw an interesting interaction of a crossing Sharp-shinned Hawk flying just above the water getting mercilessly harassed by four Ring-billed Gulls. The Sharpie looked quite exhausted by the time it got to shore.

Canada Goose – 117
Mallard – 1
Redhead – 248
Lesser Scaup – 4
White-winged Scoter – 12
Common Merganser – 7
duck sp. – 73
Red-throated Loon – 5
Common Loon – 61
loon sp. – 4
Horned Grebe – 3
Red-necked Grebe – 4
Double-crested Cormorant – 31

Northern Harrier – 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 14
Cooper’s Hawk – 2
Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk – 1
Bald Eagle – 7
Red-tailed Hawk – 4
American Kestrel – 5
Peregrine Falcon – 1

Ring-billed Gull vs. Sharp-shinned Hawk, 9/25/16
Ring-billed Gull vs. Sharp-shinned Hawk, 9/25/16

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