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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Still there!

Seeing 30 loons at a time in the midst of the wall to wall development that is Morse Lake is always exciting as it is so unexpected.I saw them yesterday and again this morning and this evening.They are out in the middle of the lake off the point of Morse beach.
Along with the loons are large numbers of horned grebes.
It is a challenge to count the loons and grebes as at any given time many of them are under water looking for fish.
The wind and last nights storms may be the reason for their stopover, or they may just be refueling.
I have seen large numbers of loons here before, both in the spring and fall.March and November seem to be the peak.
I never have seen the horned grebes.
This evening there were mallards and lots of coots, along with large groups of seagulls,rafting up for the night.
Powerful binoculars are needed as the loons and grebes say out in the middle, perhaps a quarter mile out.
Quite a change from seeking out white throated and white crowned sparrows in the weedy fields at Lafayette Trace park.
It will be interesting to see if they stay around or if they are at Summit Lake also.
I'm guessing that there will be quite a few species of ducks at Summit Lake when Geoff Davis and I swing by there next week.
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