Date: 3/26/17 5:58 pm From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> Subject: [ia-bird] Mergansers and more
Being out of town for the weekend but getting reports of cranes, loons and pelicans from Lost Island Lake area I had to run over there late this afternoon. All three species of mergansers were on the lake with the Red-breasted taking the peak migration prize. I counted 207 from an elevated view on the northwest corner of the lake, and a group of seven males with wild hair were hunkin' and jivin' to impress one female out in the middle of the lake. And I thought I could dance!!
22 species of ducks and geese in a short two hours in the Ruthven area including swans in three places. A basic-plumaged Eared Grebe and six Common Loons were also picked from the activity on the lake. I did not see Sandhill Cranes but heard them from somewhere out in the Lost Island Marsh/Dewey's Pasture complex. I only wish I'd had more time!