Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Stir crazy won out after a week of dealing with Chaos at home. I decided to test things out by just hitting Beadle Lake and see how things were. Greater White-fronted Geese have been showing up nearby the past week, including at Cranefest site on Wednesday. If all went well at Beadle Lake, Cranefest was my next destination. As I was wrapping up a quick look there eBird alert came through for 13 Geese at 23 Mile and 0 Dr N. This was the same count as the 10/30 sighting, so likely the same birds. A little farther than I was wanting to travel, but couldn't pass it up. Sure enough right on the edge of the cow pond were 13 "speckle-bellied" geese. My 200th species for the year. Now I can let up some and try to get healed up.
As long as I had gone that far I decided to just hit up Duck Lake and use the facilities there. Lots of gulls, but nothing interesting to pull out of there yet. Red-necked Grebe was still there, and most surprising of all was not 1 but 2 White-winged Scoters. I also had a couple of Common Loons, and other mixed ducks. I'm sure there might have been some other interesting stuff, but most of them were to the South today with Gulls taking up the middle. Not a bad way to end a crazy Chaos week.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)