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Location
Fish Point SWA, Tuscola County, Michigan, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:44 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Monica Essenmacher
Comments:
N/A
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.149
Species
16 species (+2 other taxa) total
6

I viewed these geese as they were flying south along the marsh — no more than a 100 yards away. The sun was low in the west (at my back) and illuminating the line of six, lending a beautiful alabaster sheen to their pure white plumage. The black wingtips were flashing and the top mandible color enhanced to a rosy orange. Grin patch details melted into shadows, surmised by the she shape of the lower edge of upper mandible. All six were of standard SNGO size- smaller than Canadas with comparatively shorter thicker necks and having a plump quality to the body. There was nothing to indicate any Ross’s Goose lineage.

300
5
40
10
8
teal sp.
20000
dabbling duck sp.

UPDATE: Video submitted to eBird reviewer with written details at how I arrived at the total. The actual number was substantially higher as o did not attempt to venture a guess as to how many birds were in the second group that landed in the next field and out of sight while I was observing the first group.

My initial entry (800): Conservative estimate— upon my arrival, there was a massive influx of ducks and geese coming in from the north. I took a quick snapshot count Lasted for 15 minutes more. Most were continuing south past the refuge marsh.

After sunset at 7:20, I left the marsh. In the field just south of the marsh, I noticed two towering swarms of thousands of ducks. Those airborne were silent but the sound created by their beating wings was utterly amazing. Ten minutes later, all was still. I did video in very low light. Will send.

48
3
3
5
4
1

Continuing.

3
4
1
2
1
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes