Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Waterbird Watch Fall 2016

Today saw a cold blustery end to the fall season for the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory's Waterbird Watch at Harrington Beach State Park. The Watch for this season started on September 1, and ran through today. As is often the case during inclement weather, there were some highlights today to wrap up: 3 Franklin's Gulls flying close along the lakeshore, and 3 very distant jaegers that appeared to be Pomarines, more expected than Parasitic at this late date. Below are the top ten most abundant species tallied during the fall.

  • Red-breasted Merganser - 125,173
  • Ring-billed Gull - 17,222
  • Double-crested Cormorant - 8,940
  • Canada Goose - 5,012
  • Herring Gull - 4,681
  • Mallard - 2,122
  • Bonaparte's Gull - 2,063
  • Lesser Scaup - 2,061
  • Blue-winged Teal - 1,833
  • Barn Swallow - 1,147

Total for all migrants this season - 179,449

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