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 […]

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 […]

Hawk Count Halfway Point Roundup

May is here and the hawk count at Whitefish Point is just past the halfway point. Snowdrifts are suddenly difficult to find, even in the deep woods, and with gradually warming weather has come a clear turnover in the species composition tallied here each day. Red-shouldered Hawks have vanished and Golden Eagles, formerly found nearly […]

Incredible Migration at the Hawk Deck!

Action on the hawk deck has completely exploded in the past week! With the arrival of our first Ospreys on the 19th, Broad-wings on the 22nd, and the thrilling addition of Swainson’s Hawk on the 24th, we’ve now detected all of the raptor species one expects in a spring season here at Whitefish Point. This spectacular […]

Waterbird Numbers Increasing

The waterbird count has been picking up steam over the last week with several new arrivals in just the last few days. Today (April 24) we saw the first Caspian Terns of the season and the first White-winged Scoter. Numbers of other species have been picking up too, such as Red-necked Grebe, 79 of which […]

Weekend explosion of migrants!

Toward the end of last week, after a taste of warm, springy, sun-filled days, Whitefish Point got hit with a few of north winds so strong they shook my shack as I huddled in it for hours. Unsurprisingly, very few birds tried to migrate into such a strong headwind. Any bird smaller than an Eagle was bounced […]