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Day Before the Storm (part 1) Waterfowl

Common Merganser

Common Merganser Pair

Today was a wonderful day with 43 species and a ton of photos. I decided to spit the post up between waterfowl (part 1) and non waterfowl (part 2).

Red House Lake had a good majority of the species today. The 4 Common Loons, 4 Scaup species, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Northern Shoveler were the highlighted birds. I also saw the more common waterfowl like 3 Bufflehead, 6 Common Merganser, 4 Pied-billed Grebe, Mallard and Canada Goose swimming around.

Red-breasted Mergansers hooded merganser

Red-breasted Merganser and Hooded Merganser

Science Lake had 2 Common Mergansers, 2 Hooded Mergansers and 2 Mallards.

Ring-necked Duck Ring-necked Duck taking flight

Ring-necked Ducks then in flight on Quaker Lake

I quickly headed over to Quaker Lake with 4 Woodducks, 17 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Buffleheads, 4 Scaup species, and Canada Goose. Also had a young Bonapart’s Gull flying around which I was happy to find.


Male Woodduck in Quaker

Was a wonderful waterfowl day and I sure hope many of these birds stick around for my BOS count tomorrow!!

Pied-billed Grebe through the cattails

Pied-billed Grebe on Red House Lake

10 responses

  1. Sounds like you had a great day – I’m looking forward to part 2! I love the shot of the merganser pair – you don’t often see them out of the water. Pretty much all our snow is melted – looks like you still have some. Bring on the warm weather!

    14 April 2007 at 9:42 pm

  2. The wood duck photo is my favourite. I really hope to see one this year! Good luck tomorrow!

    14 April 2007 at 10:50 pm

  3. Everyone seems to be getting good Wood Duck photos. Yours is excellent-I’m still waiting my turn.

    14 April 2007 at 11:09 pm

  4. Good luck tomorrow! The nor’easter is dumping several inches of snow an hour north of us in the mountains. I hope you are spared so you can send us more views!

    14 April 2007 at 11:22 pm

  5. Gee, we BOTH got Wood Ducks this week! 🙂

    15 April 2007 at 12:31 pm

  6. @ Matt – Thanks and was a great day! They breed here and believe it or not but they nest in the trees like the woodducks!
    @ Ruth, thanks and love them also!
    @ Larry – thanks and they are all over the place right now!
    @ Mary – day wasn’t as good and weather did suck! But did get a few birds! Not over yet but will try for a few more before the day is over!
    @ Liz – sweet! They are such great birds!

    15 April 2007 at 2:04 pm

  7. Redhouse Lake looks like a wonderful spot to bird.

    15 April 2007 at 3:07 pm

  8. Barb, it is a wonderful spot! Thanks!

    15 April 2007 at 10:55 pm

  9. Wow – heck of a day of waterfowl! Even with the cold, that must have been a good day. Nice shots, too.

    16 April 2007 at 7:35 pm

  10. Thanks Marty! Was more fun than sundays rain day!

    16 April 2007 at 9:21 pm

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