What I had hoped would be an afternoon touring Hackberry Flat turned into a 3 hr count of waterfowl on the reservoir there, so thick were the numbers.
11 Dec / 1:25 to 5:00 pm 5-8 mph WSW / with channels along North Boundary either dry or frozen. 85% ice cover of reservoir virtually all geese were standing on the ice surrounding the open water, as were the bulk of Mallards and Green-winged Teal; other waterfowl largely waterbound. The shorebirds were once again in the muck along the north boundary of the reservoir providing for close study and photography.
Greater White-fronted Goose - 1330 (comparatively easy count, made so by the 300 yard long line of birds strung out in front of the main goose flock). Snow Goose - 550 (embedded within the Canadas, this was much more difficult and this is merely a minimum estimate). Includes 9 blue morph adults. In all my reports of white geese lately, I should note that 99% are adult birds. Canada Goose - 21,000 Gadwall - 112 Mallard - 7800 Northern Pintail - 340 Northern Shoveler - 145 American Wigeon - 170 Green-winged Teal - 1150 Lesser Scaup - 75 Ring-necked Duck - 28 Bufflehead - 11 Common Goldeneye - 1 Hooded Merganser - 13 Ruddy Duck - 67 Pied-billed Grebe - 1 American White Pelican - 5 Great Blue Heron - 7 American Coot - 21 Killdeer - 7 Greater Yellowlegs - 6 Least Sandpiper - 1 Long-billed Dowitcher - 5 Wilson's Snipe - 4 Ring-billed Gull - 1 also noted in the vicinity of the reservoir and the north boundary roads... Prairie Falcon - perched atop a pole a half mile NE of the reservoir along the north boundary road. Northern Harrier - 27 Loggerhead Shrike - 3 American Pipit - 6 (incl. feeding on mudflat with shorebirds) several Lapland Longspurs heard overhead but a distant flock of 220+ went unidentified.
Shaker Hts, OH
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