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WPBO Spring 2017 Waterbirds

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The sightings you see here are being collected on a tablet by a biologist out in the field.

Hover your mouse over the points on the graph to see more details. Click on different species in the legend to show or hide them on the chart.

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Species Composition

Species composition changes over time depending on weather, seasons, and many other factors. This chart displays the composition over a time period you select.

Click on pie pieces to see more detail. If there are more than seven species, click on "Other" to see a breakdown of the rest.

Display

Many sites have a protocol that is designed to maximize finding particular species. If you select "Focus Species," only these species will be shown.

Date Selector

The control box below the pie chart lets you select a date period for the chart.

You can push the buttons "1d," "1w," or "1m" to zoom the graph to 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month.

The graph shows the overall volume seen on each day. You can drag the sliders on each side of this graph to adjust the start and end dates.

Species Composition
April 15th to April 28th

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Hourly Data

The time shown in the top row is the start of the one hour period.

Select Day

Choose a date to load the hourly table for that day. Only days that have data are shown.

Daily Counts

These charts show which species are most numerous at different parts of the season. Hover your mouse over a chart to see the number for a given day. The right column shows season totals and the left side shows the maximum for a single day. Each graph is scaled so that the single-day maximum is the highest point on the chart.

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  • Focus Species: Show the highest priority species at the top of the list.
  • Taxonomic Order: Sort the species by their scientific classification.
  • Alphabetic Order: Sort the species by their common name.
  • Abundance: Sort the species with the largest number counted at the top.

Daily Counts

Canada Goose
12
Wood Duck
3
American Wigeon
43
American Black Duck
4
Mallard
90
Northern Shoveler
9
Northern Pintail
65
Green-winged Teal
30
Greater Scaup
126
Lesser Scaup
39
Greater/Lesser Scaup
3
White-winged Scoter
2
Long-tailed Duck
103
Bufflehead
37
Common Goldeneye
87
Common Merganser
330
Red-breasted Merganser
379
Red-throated Loon
22
Common Loon
376
Horned Grebe
83
Red-necked Grebe
327
Double-crested Cormorant
22
Great Blue Heron
5
Sandhill Crane
936
Killdeer
47
Dunlin
1
Greater Yellowlegs
72
Lesser Yellowlegs
1
Ring-billed Gull
196
Herring Gull
637
Caspian Tern
5
swan sp.
4
Gadwall
2
Blue-winged Teal
5
teal sp.
1
Redhead
7
Ring-necked Duck
13
Aythya sp.
2
Surf Scoter
2
Hooded Merganser
8
duck sp.
27
waterfowl sp.
1
Pacific Loon
1
loon sp.
2
Neotropic Cormorant
1
Turkey Vulture
118
Osprey
15
Golden Eagle
2
Northern Harrier
132
Sharp-shinned Hawk
284
Cooper's Hawk
2
Northern Goshawk
9
Bald Eagle
44
Broad-winged Hawk
82
Swainson's Hawk
1
Red-tailed Hawk
220
Rough-legged Hawk
22
Piping Plover
1
Sanderling
4
Wilson's Snipe
2
Solitary Sandpiper
3
Iceland Gull
2
Glaucous Gull
4
white-winged gull sp.
1
Great Black-backed Gull
6
Rock Pigeon
5
Mourning Dove
2
Belted Kingfisher
4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1
Northern Flicker
32
Pileated Woodpecker
2
American Kestrel
100
Merlin
17
Peregrine Falcon
5
Eastern Phoebe
3
American Crow
122
Common Raven
69
Horned Lark
3
Tree Swallow
4
Barn Swallow
1
Black-capped Chickadee
4
Red-breasted Nuthatch
1
Brown Creeper
1
Golden-crowned Kinglet
6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6
Hermit Thrush
2
American Robin
101
European Starling
19
Bohemian Waxwing
2
Lapland Longspur
107
Snow Bunting
63
Palm Warbler
3
Yellow-rumped Warbler
25
American Tree Sparrow
12
Dark-eyed Junco
44
White-throated Sparrow
5
Vesper Sparrow
1
Savannah Sparrow
7
Song Sparrow
1
Swamp Sparrow
1
sparrow sp.
8
Red-winged Blackbird
7
Western Meadowlark
1
Eastern Meadowlark
1
Rusty Blackbird
26
Common Grackle
262
Brown-headed Cowbird
40
blackbird sp.
51
Purple Finch
20
Red Crossbill
2
Common Redpoll
5
Pine Siskin
205
American Goldfinch
1
finch sp.
161
passerine sp.
2
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Site Weather

WPBO Spring 2017 Waterbirds

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory's research aims to document avian migration at the Point, one of most important spots for documenting and monitoring waterbird movements in the upper Great Lakes. Spring and fall counts record loons, grebes, ducks, geese, shorebirds and other waterbirds, providing important information on abundance and timing of migration, aiding in regional and international efforts to monitor changes in bird populations.

Directions

The waterbird count is conducted from the beach near the tip of the Point.

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (WPBO) is the premier migration hot-spot in Michigan. The Observatory is located at Whitefish Point, 11 miles north of Paradise, Michigan. The Point itself juts out in Lake Superior and acts as a natural migration corridor that brings thousands of birds through this migratory flyway every Spring and Fall. With its wooded dune and swale complex, distinctive to the Great Lakes region, Whitefish Point sees a great diversity of migrants and is home to rare breeding birds, and has been designated as an Important Bird Area. Over 340 bird species have been spotted here, and the research conducted at WPBO, including regular migration counts and owl banding, contribute to an ongoing effort to increase knowledge of bird migration, to encourage public awareness of birds and the environment, and to further bird conservation.

About the Data

All data displayed on this site are preliminary and have not yet undergone quality control. Written permission is required to use the data.

Support

WPBO is a program of Michigan Audubon, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan. The Observatory depends on your support to help fund migration counts, owl banding, and avian research.