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 […]

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 […]