Date: 1/3/18 6:30 pm
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: Re: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
As Nic says, it's a "spectacle". I spent an hour or two picking through all the birds this afternoon and evening. Viewing was much better after the Snow Geese left to feed late in the afternoon. Numbers for the common species (Snow and Canada Geese, Mallard) on my checklist are a shot from the hip.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41598378

The highlight was the swans. About 30 minutes before dusk the number present reached ~270. John Bollin was there and even heard me counting them all. In one swipe I got twelve Tundra Swans! However on another pass later on, I struggled to find that many. Just to be safe, I went with the maximum number of birds present in one area, which were undoubtedly not double counted. That number is seven, but I really think there may have been ten or more Tundra Swans present.

Jon King
Lawrence, KS

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> On Jan 3, 2018, at 6:27 PM, Mick McHugh <emchugh2...> wrote:
>
> In fact, How`s about eder Eider?
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Sebastian
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> Subject: Re: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
>
> It has always been my assumption that WYCO Lake's proximity to the Missouri
> River contributes to the appearance of such waterfowl, Harlequin Duck,
> included . . .
>
>
> how 'bout a King Eider???
>
>
> <sebastianpatti...>
> Sebastian T. Patti
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> From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas <KSBIRD-L...> on behalf
> of Nic Allen <tendingthegarden...>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 1:01 PM
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> Subject: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
>
> Wyandotte County Lake is reaching it's peak for waterfowl with 21 species of
> waterfowl being seen this morning. Well over 10,000 Snow Geese are present
> as well as about 60 Trumpeter Swans and a single Tundra Swan. Eagles are
> perched all over the edge of the ice with most of them having a goose
> carcass nearby. At one scan i had 57 Bald Eagles. I look forward to this
> scene every winter and am always amazed at the awesome spectacle of Snow
> Geese as eagles flush them into giant plumes.
>
> Nic Allen
> Parkville, Missouri
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