Thursday, March 11, 2010

More Kensington Birds

I went out to Kensington again this afternoon to try to see the Greater-white Fronted Goose reported on Tuesday by Lyle Hamilton. I did not find that goose but I did find two Snow Geese (1 blue and 1 white morph) and two Cackling Geese which were lifers #300 and 301 respectively. Waterfowl variety was very good again with lots of Ring-necked Ducks, Common Goldeneyes, Canvasbacks, Redheads, and Common Mergansers, and smaller numbers of American Coots, American Wigeon, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, and American Black Ducks. I also had two male Green-winged Teal and two Ruddy Ducks. All of the ducks were in the area between the Possum Hollow picnic area and Maple beach. I was able to manage a bad photo that shows both the Snow and Cackling Geese. The Snow Geese are on the left and the Cacklings are the ones sitting on the ice near the left right side. They had their heads under their wings most of the time but would poke them out every now and then revealing very steep foreheads and stubby bills. They were also much smaller than the Canada Geese.
I was also able to get an okay shot of some of the American Wigeons as well.

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