What We Do Waterbird Watch
Here are the summarized results from the Spring 2017 Waterbird Watch:
Top Ten Species:
Red-breasted Merganser – 41,274
Bonaparte's Gull – 30,854
Herring Gull – 17,914
Ring-billed Gull – 14,386
Common Tern – 12,403
Greater Scaup – 11,705
Double-crested Cormorant – 11,183
Lesser Scaup – 6,059
Caspian Tern - 5,591
Long-tailed Duck – 3,605
Total for all species – 176,136
175 total species, 71 waterbird species
The overall number is similar as last year but the breakdown was different. Most divers except Red-breasted Merganser were less numerous. The Cormorant total is only about half last year's. Bonaparte's Gull and Common Tern numbers are a bit higher.
Overall highlights include Harlequin Duck, one possibly two Neotropic Cormorants, a Virginia Rail that flew in off the lake, Whimbrel, Marbled Godwit, Franklin's Gull and California Gull.
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.
Total for all migrants this season - 179,449
Our technician Calvin Brennan will be starting a new autumn 2016 Waterbird Watch season on September 1st. Visit him to learn what he's seeing, at the blind just south of "The Point" in Harrington Beach State Park, from Mon-Sat, from dawn to about noon.