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Migration Counts

The WPBO Migration Counts Blog provides updates on the spring and fall migrations of waterbirds, raptors, shorebirds, and more.

Waterbird migration may finally be starting!

By Louie Dombroski Almost one week into the waterbird count, there is still little to report. There were some hopeful signs in March and early April with a few (very few) Canada Geese, Mallards, and Sandhill Cranes all reported from the hawk watch. On one visit in March, I climbed [...]

2018-04-23T08:34:57+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Waterbird migration may finally be starting!

A Slow Start to April

By Gary Palmer, 2018 Spring Hawk Counter After a solid start to the count in March, migration is suddenly far behind schedule here at the Point. Eight days into April only five species of raptor have been recorded for the month, and their numbers have been dismally low: one Turkey [...]

2018-04-09T12:10:24+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Migration Counts|Comments Off on A Slow Start to April

March Migration Wrap-Up

By Gary Palmer, 2018 Hawk Counter Bald Eagles, Photo Skye Haas Migration seems to be on pause here at Whitefish Point, as March ended with a sizeable snowstorm accompanied by fierce north winds to continue a string of slow days. The month ended with a total of seven species of raptors and [...]

2018-04-02T11:25:22+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Migration Counts|Comments Off on March Migration Wrap-Up

Signs of Spring!

By Gary Palmer, 2018 Spring Hawk Counter Despite the thick blanket of snow which remains at Whitefish Point, there have been some clear indications that spring really is beginning. Today the thermometer crept above freezing for the first time this season, the warm air brought in by our first southerly winds. And along [...]

2018-03-27T13:24:38+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Signs of Spring!

And We’re Off!

By Gary Palmer, 2018 Spring Hawk Counter The 2018 hawk count here at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is underway! We got off to a bit of a slow start on Thursday, March 15, when wind and snow conspired to produce some truly crummy viewing conditions. During the opening day blizzard, [...]

2018-03-20T08:22:01+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Migration Counts|Comments Off on And We’re Off!

Spring 2017 Waterbird Count summary

Here is a list of all of the waterbirds that were counted during the waterbird count at Whitefish Point in Spring 2017, along with the seasonal totals from Aril 15 through May 31. The count was usually conducted for eight hours, beginning at sunrise, but there were a few days when the count was shortened [...]

2018-01-12T13:04:17+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Spring 2017 Waterbird Count summary

Spring 2017 Waterbird Count summary

Here is a list of all of the waterbirds that were counted during the waterbird count at Whitefish Point in Spring 2017, along with the seasonal totals from Aril 15 through May 31. The count was usually conducted for eight hours, beginning at sunrise, but there were a few days when the count was shortened [...]

2017-06-15T13:30:01+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Spring 2017 Waterbird Count summary

Waterbird count ends with huge goose flight

The WPBO waterbird count for spring 2017 came to its scheduled end on May 31, though some species are still migrating, such as Red-throated Loons, 11 of which were seen on June 1. The highlight of the last three days of the official count period was the incredible influx of Canada Geese. There has always [...]

2017-06-02T14:28:30+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Waterbird count ends with huge goose flight

Whimbrels and Scoter numbers peaking

Marbled Godwit by Skye Haas The last week has been a good one for seeing big shorebirds at Whitefish Point. On May 22, not only did flocks of Whimbrel totaling 184 birds fly past the point, but we were twice visited by individual Marbled Godwits. The first flew by with a flock [...]

2018-02-21T13:39:40+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Whimbrels and Scoter numbers peaking

Big Day on the Hawk Deck!

Saturday was the eBird-sponsored Global Big Day, and the hawks here at Whitefish Point made it a big one. I've already done well for Broad-winged Hawk this season -- earlier this week they usurped second place from previous number two, Red-tailed -- but with today's spectacle their season total has just about doubled! When nine o'clock rolled [...]

2017-05-14T08:00:56+00:00 May 14th, 2017|Migration Counts|2 Comments