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Field Notes No. 07 (November 9, 2011)

Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park:

Wolf Oesterreich reports that migratory waterfowl are beginning to arrive at the park in good numbers. I happened to find him today with his spotting scope on the South Lake scanning a raft of more than 1000 ducks. We sighted the following species of waterfowl: Canada Goose, Wood Duck (1m + 2f), Gadwall, American Wigeon,
Mallard, Northern Pintail (2m), Northern Shoveler,Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead (1m + 2f),
Surf Scoter (1), Common Merganser (2f), Ruddy Duck. Other water birds seen were American Coot, Double-crested Cormorant, and Pied-bill Grebe.

All of these species are regular visitors to the park during migration with the exception of the Surf Scoter. Scoters are in a group (with eiders) called sea ducks and are commonly found along the coasts where they raft some distance off shore. Other species of scoters that occasionally show up at Ada Hayden Park are White-w! inged and Black Scoters.

Wolf mentioned that he saw about 10 Common Loons on the lakes yesterday but they were gone today. So, don't miss the fall migration between now and total freeze up.

Erv Klaas