Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

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Waterbird Watch

Waterbird Watch Seasonal Summary Spring 2017

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.