Waterbird Count Report – 10/11

Waterbird migration has picked up over the last week. A peak of 5499 waterbirds were counted on 10/5 but respectable daily totals of 4645, 2316, and 2034 have also occurred. The majority of the migrants have consisted of scaup, Redhead, and American Wigeon. Surf Scoters have also had a couple good flights, with a total […]

Waterbird Count Report – 10/4

The waterbird flights have been continuing to be rather slow through late September and early October. The one exception was on September 28 when we had about 4,700 birds migrate by the Point. The large majority of them were aythya species including both scaup, Redhead, and Ring-necked Duck. Red-necked Grebes have also continued making up […]

Waterbird Count Report – 9/25

The waterbird migration has continued to trickle by but that trickle is slowly increasing. Loons, terns, and a mix of duck species have been moving past the Point most mornings. And some birds even continued moving through the afternoon on the 25th. Duck movement has mostly consisted of Scaup and American Wigeon. A few shorebirds […]

Waterbird Count Report – 9/19

Waterbirds have continued to migrate by the Point in small numbers with the exception of a flight, although rather small in number, on 9/18. It seems we will miss a large portion of the Red-necked Grebes, Blue-winged Teal, and Common Terns that migrate by the Point each fall. The next wave of waterbirds is starting […]

Waterbird Count Report – 9/15

It’s been a very slow September for the waterbird count thus far. Almost all species have been below average, and many below average by a large margin. The one high point has been the number of jaegers we’ve recorded. For the first half of September we’ve had six Parasitics, one Long-tailed, and 17 unidentified jaegers. […]

The First Week of September

In terms of waterbirds, the first week of September has been rather slow with the exception of one day, the 4th. We had over 1,800 Red-necked Grebes and 12 jaegers for the waterbird count. The fun didn’t stop there; a Say’s Phoebe put on a show for 10-15 minutes around the waterbird shack also. The […]

No Migration but a Couple Good Ones

In terms of migration, it’s been a few slow days here at the Point. Luckily, a couple good birds have made up for it. On 8/27, two Hudsonian Godwits flew by, then circled the point, with about 20 minutes left in the count. Today (8/29) a single Stilt Sandpiper spent about five minutes flying around […]

Early Fall Highlights

It’s been a good start to the fall waterbird season. As usual at this time of year, shorebirds, large numbers of Red-necked Grebes, and a few jaegers have been the highlights. The main shorebird highlights have been a very cooperative Red Knot, a couple Whimbrels, and a single Buff-breasted Sandpiper. A 2nd cycle Lesser Black-backed […]

Fall Waterbird Count 2017

The 2017 fall waterbird count kicked off on August 15. Yet again, it will run through November 15, rain or shine, starting at sunrise. Hopefully you’ll come out, visit the shack, and see some great birds this fall! Despite the rainy and foggy start to the season, we’ve been able to record a good number […]

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 […]