Date: 1/7/18 2:37 pm From: Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Ragged Mtn., Monticello High School, Green Springs, Lake Monticello
Hello, all. Here's a brief update on a 50% successful outing this afternoon looking for waterfowl.
Ragged Mountain was scanned for 45 mins; goldeneye and greater scaup were not present, but *redhead* was.
Monticello High School Lake had the same *common merg.* and ring-necked ducks that have been there recently, plus the deceased coot that David Shoch earlier reported.
The cackling goose and dabbling ducks that had been reported in a cornfield in Green Springs were no longer there; thanks to Andrew Rapp for giving me directions to the correct field.
At Lake Monticello, I met Kim Kozella who showed me phonescopes of *long-tailed ducks* and a *canvasback*; I scanned the entire group of birds enough to go over some parts twice, but still missed these. I still got three *common mergs.* I was very surprised that any open water would remain after the -3 degree temperatures last night and the single-digit temps earlier in the week. I would have thought that waterfowl that sleep on the water would be in enough danger from overnight freezing that all of the birds would go south or to Lake Anna or somewhere else with much more open water.
I guess these birds will be in less danger from the cold and ice starting tomorrow, when temperatures that will allow melting are forecasted.