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.