Waterbird Count, September 29

Not as many ducks moving today as in recent days, but thankfully most that were on the move were relatively close to shore. There was a good push of raptors late in the day between 1:30-2:30pm, a bit later than I usually see peak movement. At one point I had 88 Turkey Vultures crossing the Straits all at once. There was nice movement of Sandhill Cranes throughout the afternoon.

Canada Goose – 140
Redhead – 34
Surf Scoter – 2
White-winged Scoter – 13
scoter sp. – 1
Common Merganser – 3
Red-breasted Merganser – 4
Common/Red-breasted Merganser – 1
duck sp. – 31
Red-throated Loon – 4
Common Loon – 41
loon sp. – 2
Horned Grebe – 5
Red-necked Grebe – 11
Double-crested Cormorant – 40

Turkey Vulture – 103
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 12
Cooper’s Hawk – 2
Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk – 1
Bald Eagle – 9
Red-tailed Hawk – 9

Sandhill Crane – 375

Surf Scoters (probable first year females), 9/29/16
Surf Scoters (probable first year females), 9/29/16
Red-throated Loons, 9/29/16
Red-throated Loons, 9/29/16

 

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