Date: 12/26/17 7:27 am From: 'Kahl, Steve' <Steve_Kahl...> [ible] <ible-noreply...> Subject: [IBLE] W Siphon Rd waterfowl
The cold weather has reduced the open water in the wetland along W Siphon Rd (west of Chubbuck) to a small pond. But it's value to feeding and resting waterfowl is still evident. There were 77 Trumpeter Swans there Sunday, as well as 246 Ring-necked Ducks, 69 American Wigeon and 82 Gadwall. Other waterfowl present in single digits included Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Redhead, and Bufflehead. The ringnecks were actively diving and seemed to be successfully exploiting some good submerged aquatic vegetation for food. The Gadwall and Wigeon were quick to try to steal any of this vegetation immediately as the ringnecks resurfaced. They also stayed in the company of the swans as they paddled their huge feet up and down, causing the water to upwell and bring pieces of vegetation, seeds, invertebrates, etc to the surface. My fingers were freezing but it was fascinating to watch!
Steven F. Kahl Deputy Project Leader Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex 4425 Burley Dr., Ste. A Chubbuck, ID 83202 P (208) 237-6615 ext 112 F (208) 237-8213