Date: 4/9/17 3:40 pm From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Clear Lake
There was a male Surf Scoter just off City Beach at Clear Lake this afternoon. The bird had a bright yellow/orange bill and a white patch on the back of its neck, although the patch was not yet bright and crisp. It was swimming on the outer edge of the raft of Coots, moving in a counter-clockwise direction around the lake.
There are already quite a few boats on the lake, and dock-construction was heavy all around the lake. Still, I was able to find a couple of Horned Grebes, 13 Common Loons, two dozen Buffleheads, several hundred Ruddy Ducks, many scaup, and both cormorants and pelicans. Gulls were Ring-billed and Bonaparte's, and the only shorebirds I could find were 4 Greater Yellowlegs at Lekwa Marsh, and 4 Lesser Yellowlegs at 5-Goose Pond.