Swan Lake

One of two Ruffed Grouse along the road at Swan Lake.

One of two Ruffed Grouse along the road at Swan Lake.

Arlene Borko and I toured the county hot spots this morning hoping for some storm birds from last night. We had little luck anywhere. When we arrived at Swan Lake, everything changed. While we had nothing outstanding, we had some nice birds. There were no hunters present this morning which increased our luck with waterfowl. A nice assortment of ducks included: Mallard, Black and Wood Ducks, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Bufflehead and Green-winged Teal. Pied-billed Grebe, Common Mergansers and Canada Geese were also present. Along the roads, we had the usual Robins, Blue Jays and Juncos. A pair of Bald Eagles flew over and a Ring-billed Gull was feeding in the muck. As we worked our way around the lake, two Ruffed Grouse came out at the edge of the road, feeding in the leaf litter. From Swan Lake we went to Resnick Road, hoping for another Vesper Sparrow. No luck, but many Savannah and Song Sparrows were present. Also, American Kestrel and Sharp-shinned Hawk were seen. 7 Wild Turkeys and 20 Pine Siskins too. It seems that there is going to be a real invasion of Pine Siskins this fall.

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One Response to Swan Lake

  1. Very exciting about the Ruffed Grouse John, that’s a good looking bird. I’m looking forward to the Pine Siskins.

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