Friday evening I checked the lake's water level and determined that I would be able to launch my boat Saturday, probably for the last time. The water is now down 7-8 feet leaving only the upper launching area available. Arriving just before sunrise Saturday morning I heard a loon's lonesome call as I readied the boat for launch.
Once on the water it didn't take long to locate the feeding loon. This bird was somewhat boat shy but I did manage to photograph it on a couple of occasions throughout the morning.
While I expected to find a good amount of migrating waterfowl I was astounded by what I found. I hesitate to estimate the number of ducks present but the total number had to be well over 100 and maybe as high as 200-300! While this shot shows lesser scaup, ring-necked ducks and red-breasted mergansers the total number of different species was much greater, if fact it was the most species I have ever witnessed in any one day at this lake.
As the day warmed a number of boat loads of fishermen came to fish the receding waters. Two boats carrying fishermen are seen here accompanied by a line of red-breasted merganser filing past in the foreground.
The following is a list of the different species I observed:
Common Loon, Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Red-head Duck, Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Mallard, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese.
This was my very first sighting of Blue-winged Teal at this lake.
I will be posting more images from this outstanding outing in the coming days.