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

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