Monday, August 18, 2014

Whitefish Point-The Start of the Waterbird Count

Sunrise at Whitefish Point
I arrived at Whitefish Point in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan last Thursday.  The waterbird count started on Friday so I have been spending each of the last few days out on the point.  Each day, I count all the migratory waterbirds that pass by or use the point.  The count has started out fairly slow but there have been a number of highlights.  

The waterbird shack at the point.
Throughout the day, the shorebirds and raptors have put on a show, so even when the count is slow there is some entertainment.  The most common bird I have been counting are Red-necked Grebes.  The numbers have been fairly low, averaging around 40 a day.  Common Loons have also been coming by in steady but low numbers.  Shorebirds have been interesting with ten species so far.  There is some great habitat at the point so hopefully this increases quickly.  The highlights have been Black-bellied Plovers, Piping Plover, and Baird's Sandpipers.

Juvenile Northern Goshawk
A Merlin, that like all Merlins, is super aggresive.
A Sharp-shinned Hawk that made a pass over the waterbird shack.
For daily updates from the point visit http://www.wpbo.org/blog/5.

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