Waterfowl Surveys

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Each week the refuge performs a count of waterfowl and other bird species.


SALT PLAINS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
WEEKLY WATERFOWL SURVEY

DATE: 11/29/2018 OBSERVER: Lauppe, Kildow, Kasson, Smart, Wyatt, Hensley TEMP: 28° F

WIND: 5-10 WEATHER: partly cloudy LAKE LEVEL/CONDITIONS: 0.5’ above norm


DUCKS
American Wigeon 14
Bufflehead 2
Canvasback 11
Common Goldeneye 4
Gadwall 185
Mallard 2,821
Merganser, Hooded 89
Merganser, Common 50
Northern Pintail 836
Northern Shoveler 280
Ring-Necked Duck 9
Ruddy Duck 752
Teal, Blue-Winged 3
Teal, Green-Winged 40
Unidentified 855
TOTAL DUCKS 5,951

GEESE
Canada, Large 227
Canada, Small 5,548
Snow/Blue/Ross 674
Greater White-Fronted 215
Unidentified 903
TOTAL GEESE 7,567

CRANES
Sandhill Crane 9,436

SHOREBIRDS
Greater Yellowlegs 7

MARSH AND WATER BIRDS
American Coot 9
Cormorant, Double-Crested 113
Heron, Great Blue 26
Heron, Little Blue 1
Pelican, American White 196

TERNS AND GULLS
Gull, Herring 4
Gull, Ring-Billed 2,160
RAPTORS
Northern Harrier 4
Red-Tailed Hawk 12
Bald Eagle (Mature) 12
Bald Eagle (Immature) 7
Prairie Falcon 1

OTHER BIRDS
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-Wing Blackbird 1,500