Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lake Superior Lakewatch

This was way back in the 3rd week of September... I wrote it, but never got around to posting it... Might as well get it out of the way...


I was rained out one day up on Lake Suprieror, which gave me a chance to do a lakewatch on vicious south winds (50-60kmh?) ... And it was actually a lot of fun.

The birding is different, with no "locals" in view, so every bird you see is actively migrating southwards and is not seen again. Here's my ebird list:

Cackling Goose 24 --- Pure flocks of 21 and 3 birds! Very cool. Richardsons
Canada Goose 1
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 45
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 14
Blue-winged Teal 13
Northern Shoveler 1
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Redhead 1
White-winged Scoter 3
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Common Loon 3
Red-necked Grebe 2
Turkey Vulture 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 15
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Common Tern 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow X
Common Raven X
Horned Lark 7
Pine Siskin 1

The Cackling Geese were really cool, as they were "pure flocks"... I can't say I've seen that in "southern" Ontario before... It was also kind of funny to have a pure flock of 21 Cackling Geese, without seeing ANY Canada Geese in the same time frame.. I also think the Gadwall is a pretty good bird for the open waters of Lake Superior... 

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