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Tuesday Morning Group - Muskegon County Wastewater Plant Trip

Tuesday, April 03, 2018 7:41 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

The Tuesday Morning Group took a drive out to the Muskegon County Wastewater plant today to check out wildfowl on the west side.  Five of us drove along the dikes from the Administrative office past the aeration ponds and around the west pond.  

The sky was overcast but fair light for viewing. The wind was driving at times and the rain and snow sometimes impeded views.  the west side of the pond was pretty choppy bu the east side drive was much calmer.

There were lots of scaup and ring neck ducks.  We also saw a Bonaparte's gull and some horned grebes.  Full trip list is below.  Oh, and there were some ring-billed gulls...


Number of Taxa: 36

13 Canada Goose -- (1),(2)
3 Blue-winged Teal -- (2)
95 Northern Shoveler -- (2)
55 Gadwall -- (2)
30 Mallard -- (2)
12 Redhead -- (2)
60 Ring-necked Duck -- (2)
120 Greater/Lesser Scaup -- (2)
40 Bufflehead -- (2)
1 Common Goldeneye -- (2)
6 Common Merganser -- (2)
3 Ruddy Duck -- (2)
5 Wild Turkey -- (1)
7 Horned Grebe -- (2)
1 Great Blue Heron -- (1)
2 Turkey Vulture -- (1)
2 Red-tailed Hawk -- (1),(2)
50 American Coot -- (2)
2 Killdeer -- (2)
1 Bonaparte's Gull -- (2)
2000 Ring-billed Gull -- (1),(2)
18 Herring Gull -- (2)
1 Mourning Dove -- (2)
1 Downy Woodpecker -- (2)
7 American Crow -- (1),(2)
1 Black-capped Chickadee -- (2)
1 Tufted Titmouse -- (2)
1 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (2)
1 Eastern Bluebird -- (2)
3 American Robin -- (2)
40 European Starling -- (2)
2 American Tree Sparrow -- (2)
8 Dark-eyed Junco -- (2)
2 Song Sparrow -- (2)
20 Red-winged Blackbird -- (2)
5 Common Grackle -- (2)


Checklists included in this summary:
(1): JAS Muskegon WWT Trip
(2): Muskegon Wastewater System

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