Bird Morning Report 4/11/18

Four of us visited the Birch Lake Dam and river downstream from 6:45 until 8:00 a.m. and after observing these small pillows of ice forming on the edge of the current below the dam we saw the following as we walked along the south side of the river:

  • the snow was barely crusted enough to support a person
  • common goldeneyes – some in pairs and other males still displaying to unpaired females; heard the whistling sound of their wings in flight several times
  • bald eagle on nest incubating eggs
  • one pair of mallards
  • one pair of hooded mergansers
  • one small unidentified diving waterfowl at a distance – maybe a female merganser or grebe
  • one pair of trumpeter swans – resting and then feeding
  • mustelid tracks: marten or fisher
  • lots of young black ash trees sprouting up along the power line corridor
  • large spruce and red maple trees – wish we had brought the diameter tape
  • beautiful, clear morning with early morning sun lighting the river

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