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: 11/8/18 OBSERVER: Hensley, Smart, Kasson, Wyatt, Kildow TEMP: 38F

WIND: NNE5-10 WEATHER: cloudy/light rain LAKE LEVEL/CONDITIONS: 0.67’ above norm


DUCKS
American Wigeon 20
Bufflehead 12
Canvasback 1
Gadwall 832
Mallard 22,727
Merganser, Hooded 60
Merganser, Common 23
Northern Pintail 5,088
Northern Shoveler 3,045
Redhead 214
Ring-Necked Duck 189
Ruddy Duck 1,042
Teal, Blue-Winged 359
Teal, Green-Winged 762
Unidentified 25,268
TOTAL DUCKS 59,642

GEESE
Canada, Large 5,598
Canada, Small 41,306
Snow/Blue/Ross 12,037
Greater White-Fronted 5,942
Unidentified 18,235
TOTAL GEESE 83,118

CRANES
Sandhill Crane 37,599
Whooping Crane 2

SHOREBIRDS
American Avocet 3
Unidentified 3

MARSH AND WATER BIRDS
American Coot 3
Cormorant, Double-Crested 2,524
Grebe, Pie-Billed 1
Grebe, Horned 3
Grebe, Western 8
Heron, Great Blue 24
Pelican, American White 556

TERNS AND GULLS
Gull, Franklin 13,900
Gull, Herring 6
Gull, Ring-Billed 609
Unidentified 10

RAPTORS
Northern Harrier 8
Red-Tailed Hawk 7
Bald Eagle (Mature) 1
Bald Eagle (Immature) 10
American Kestrel 2

OTHER BIRDS
American Crow 5
Red-Wing Blackbird 27,400