Saturday, April 4, 2015

Almost as Epic Condo Birding. Somewhat less epic migration.

Condo bird list from yesterday (April 3rd)... Things felt a bit slower, with considerably less waterfowl on the move - but I still scored 70 species and a few year birds... Wanted to turn this into a proper post... I've looked at the proper list, and have had 81 species (and over 15,000 individuals) at my condo in less than 48 hours. That was a pretty awesome event! Here's a look at the wind map from Apr 2nd

Exactly what I like to see - long distance southerly winds!

The tally:

Canada Goose 63
Trumpeter Swan 1 (K93)
Tundra Swan 21
Wood Duck 2
Gadwall 4
American Wigeon 3
Mallard 35
Northern Shoveler 7
Northern Pintail 5
Green-winged Teal 4
Canvasback 10
Redhead 35
Ring-necked Duck 4
Greater Scaup 225
Lesser Scaup 300
King Eider 1 
Surf Scoter 175
White-winged Scoter 200
Black Scoter 10
Long-tailed Duck 500
Bufflehead 2
Common Goldeneye 8
Common Merganser 10
Red-breasted Merganser 90
Red-throated Loon 2
Common Loon 18
Horned Grebe 45
Red-necked Grebe 2
Neotropic Cormorant 1
Double-crested Cormorant 475
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 250
Osprey 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8
Cooper's Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 6
Red-tailed Hawk 45
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Killdeer 15
Ring-billed Gull 200
Herring Gull 60
Glaucous Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1    - truly domestic type bird (really odd looking)
Mourning Dove 30
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
American Kestrel 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 25
Horned Lark 10
Tree Swallow 30
Black-capped Chickadee 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 18
American Robin 1400
European Starling 1000
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 1300
Common Grackle 1000
Brown-headed Cowbird 450
House Finch 15
American Goldfinch 20
House Sparrow 25

Some condo notables were my foy Ring-necked Ducks, the Trumpeter Swan, Canvasbacks... The ongoing King Eider (female), a surge in Lesser Scaup, lots of grebes, another Great Egret, a Peregrine (10 raptors), lots of Tree Swallows, Mourning Doves were "migrating" for the first time today, lots of bluebirds, (lots of passerines in general)... Oh - and that small cormorant again... 

Things are looking downright winter-ish for the rest of the week, but that doesn't mean we can't see some good birds! 

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