Bird count at Saint Joseph's oxbow lakes this morning. All birds seen around Lake Contrary, except where otherwise noted in (  ).

Greater White-fronted Goose - 5
Snow Goose (Horseshoe Lake) - 135
Cackling Goose - 6
Canada Goose  - 425
Gadwall - 1
American Wigeon (Muskrat Lake) - 5
Mallard - 100
Northern Shoveler - 3 + 10 (Horseshoe Lake) + 20 (Muskrat Lake)
Northern Pintail - 1
Green-winged Teal (Horseshoe Lake) - 1 female
Canvasback (Muskrat Lake) - a pair
Lesser Scaup - 20
Bufflehead - * a little down today, only 220!
Hooded Merganser - 7 + 4 (Horseshoe Lake)
Common Merganser - 3
Red-breasted Merganser - 20
Ruddy Duck - 12
Pied-billed Grebe - 7 + 2 (Horseshoe Lake)
Double-crested Cormorant - 5
Northern Harrier (Mud Lake) - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk (Mud Lake) - 1 (very unusual around St. Joe)
Red-tailed Hawk - 10 + 1 (Horseshoe Lake) + 1 (Muskrat Lake)
American Kestrel - 3
American Coot - 8
Killdeer (Muskrat Lake) - 1
Wilson's Snipe - 2
Ring-billed Gull - 1 + 16 (Horseshoe Lake) + 60 (Muskrat Lake)
Rock Pigeon (Saint Joseph) - 150
Eurasian Collared-Dove (St. Joe Stockyards) - 10
Mourning Dove - 4
Belted Kingfisher (Mud Lake) - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 4 + 1 (Mud Lake)
Downy Woodpecker - 9 + 4 (Mud Lake)
Northern Flicker, yellow shafted - 1
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow - 2 + 1 (Horseshoe Lake)
Black-capped Chickadee - 3
Eastern Bluebird (Mud Lake) - 4
European Starling (all areas) - 500
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 6
American Tree Sparrow - 37 + 20 (Horseshoe Lake)
Savannah Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 19 + 2 (Horseshoe Lake)
Swamp Sparrow - 4
Harris's Sparrow - 5
Dark-eyed Junco - 33 + several more around other lakes
Northern Cardinal - 36
Red-winged Blackbird - 100
Eastern Meadowlark - 20
Western Meadowlark - 1
...meadowlark [spp.] - 100
House Sparrow - 30
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