Date: 3/11/21 7:57 am From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> Subject: [ia-bird] Burr Oak Lake birds
Sloughs and shallow prairie potholes in northwest Iowa have opened up this week so I went out waterfowling Tuesday afternoon. Burr Oak Lake in Emmet county underwent a shallow lake drawdown a couple years ago, and the reinvigorated water and vegetation was teeming with geese. Greater White-fronted dominated with upwards of 12,000 individuals. There were lots of Canadas with Cackling geese mixed in. A dozen or so Snow geese stood out and three Ross's were there. Then I found a Bar-headed Goose, the second of my life in Iowa. If it thinks it is headed to Mongolia, it has another think coming!
A pair of Trumpeter Swans were settled on a rat house. It is so very cool having them back amongst us in Iowa and raising cygnets routinely. I finally got them on my yard list last week when I stepped out in the dark and heard a group trumpeting overhead. The next day I got a text that there were twelve sleeping out on the ice at Stolley pond.
As I sat there an immature Bald Eagle swooped over Burr Oak and roiled the flocks. Some left but many circled out and came back in. It was a good spot.