Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Research & Monitoring

Waterbird Watch - Fall 2018

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Red-breasted Merganser by Kate Redmond

Calvin’s totals for the recently-completed fall season once again describe the massive movement of birds past our study site location. Totals for each species are:

  • Red-breasted Merganser - 119,489 
  • Ring-billed Gull - 17,069
  • Double-crested Cormorant - 12,107
  • Canada Goose - 7,104
  • Greater Scaup - 4,664
  • Herring Gull - 4,441
  • Common Merganser - 2,214
  • Lesser Scaup - 1,908
  • Mallard - 1,888
  • Long-tailed Duck - 1,517

Total for all migrants - 186,972 (This is a final, overall tally.)

Highlights for this fall:

Multiple Pomarine Jaegers, Parasitic Jaegers, a Swainson’s Hawk, several Black-legged Kittiwakes and Franklin's Gulls. It was once thought that jaegers were not reliably present along the western Lake Michigan shore; our watch data shows that to have been an incorrect assumption.