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Waterbird Extravaganza

Ducks, Geese, Grebes, and Coots galore were out on our 101 acre community lake yesterday.  A few migratory visitors surprised me when I took a picture of a large group of mixed birds way out on the lake.  Imagine my surprise to see in one spot American Widgeons, Pied-Billed Grebes, Mallard Ducks, American Coots, Wood Ducks and of all things, Lesser Scaup Ducks!  Very exciting to say the least!  This is the first time I have seen Scaup ducks and they are interesting beauties with black and white coloring with a blue bill and yellow eyes.  We also have our resident group of Canada Geese and that old faithful Greylag Goose is still here.  Our lake is having far fewer boats out so the ducks feel safer on the water.  My husband also reported seeing a Bald Eagle fly over the lake this morning.  That makes a lot of sense as I have read that the Bald Eagle likes eating Coots.  When the Eagles fly around here, all of the little animals and smaller waterbirds hide.  I also noted that the big flock of Coots is now here.  I saw about 50 Coots in all.  We probably had 30 Widgeons here today.  Only a handful of the Scaups and Grebes were out.  Same for the Wood Ducks (I only saw 2 today).  In the photo of the big mixed flock, there are American Widgeons, Grebes, Lesser Scaups, American Coots, and a Wood Duck or two.  All of these pictures were taken on 10/31/10 from my back deck.  Today was certainly that “Waterbird Extravaganza” type of day here!  By the way, so far, this morning is a very quiet one and a big contrast to all of the exciting scenes of yesterday.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Waterbird Extravaganza" (6)

  1. What great fun i would have there! It looks like you live in a bird sanctuary!!

    • Hi Ginny, I have the ring-side seat to all kinds of views of animals, waterfowl, and birds! I love living here. Have a wonderful evening and a great day tomorrow!

  2. How wonderful. What a wide variety of water birds!

  3. Seems like the waterfowl are having a party! Are you getting some of the action from migration, do you think?

    • Hi Montucky, You are correct in this – especially so for those Widgeons and the Lesser Scaup. A friend of ours who fishes this lake said he saw Loons here a couple of days ago. I had seen a Loon last Winter on our lake before it froze over. Our lake usually stays thawed with a tiny bit of ice here and there on occasion. Last year it completely froze twice with 4″ thick ice! Hope we don’t get that this year. Have a wonderful Tuesday tomorrow!

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