Date: 1/7/18 5:55 pm From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton...> Subject: SG County; Lafarge and Twin Lakes
I ran down to Twin Lakes and Larfarge Sandpits this AM to see waterfowl and was not disappointed. Twin Lakes held about 5 species of ducks with cormorants and geese thrown in. Lafarge had massive number of geese and Mallards and with work good numbers of other ducks. I had 12 species total with not a lot of time to look. Ruddy Ducks in the 80's prompted an ebird challenge but there were there. Large numbers also of Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneye and a good showing of Hooded Mergansers (also Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, and a lone Gadwall. Coots, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron and DC Cormorants rounded things out.
A few more comments: Seems odd that this year I have seen a Snowy Owl but struggle to drum up a Great Horned Owl or Eastern Screech-owl. I have had the large influx of American Goldfinches at my feeder which is a bit early than normal for the large crowd of them. Saturday I did three outings in Harvey County and had Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at all and a Pileated Woodpecker at HV County west park but could not drum up a Hairy Woodpecker for anything.