Cooke Dam Area, IO
American Black Duck
These were all observed at the west end of Curtis Rd at the Bishop Rd refuge platform.
I was greeted first thing this morning with two Peregrine Falcons flying toward me. One was carrying a Rock Pigeon and having a somewhat difficult time with its cargo. It wound up landing on a metal power pole and began plucking the feathers then consuming a portion of the pigeon. It then flew up to the roost of the other falcon where it shared its morning catch.
As imagined, the Saginaw Bay is now frozen along with the Saginaw River, leaving only the power plant's warm water outflow open into the bay.
Mike & Betty wrote, "We saw a Snowy Owl in a plowed field near the intersection of Prevo and Fraser Roads. It was on the ground approximately 250 yards NNW from the intersection."
It was a pleasant surprise to see the bluebirds in my back yard this morning!
IWMMP survey highlights. The odd highlight of the day was a probable all PINK dyed Trumpeter Swan that was mixed in with a large group of Canada Geese setting on the ice at Pool 1A. It was sleeping with the exception for a brief look that revealed a black bill but quickly tucked back to sleep so I couldn't positively ID it.
I did go at sunset to the large "Short-eared Owl" field near the Bishop Rd platform at the west end of Curtis Rd. 3197 Canada Geese, 3 Snow Geese, 12 Tundra Swan and 415 Mallards later, I totally forgot about the Short-eared Owls.
The Long-tailed Ducks were mainly feeding in the slush ice closer to shore at Jerry's Marina.
It's coming to their peanut butter feeders now for the ninth day in a row, coming five to six times a day!
The Common Goldeneye X Hooded Merganser has now been observed at this location four winters in a row.
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