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Field Notes No. 16 (Dec. 27, 2011)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 2:30-3:30 pm
Sunny, temperature 34 degrees F., brisk wind from the Northwest

The north lake was entirely frozen over except for a small area near the bridge. The south lake was mostly open except for the west arm and a small area of ice near the outlet.

White-cheeked geese (Canada and Cackling) numbered about 700. The Snow Goose family is still here. I estimated about 100 Mallards, one female Lesser Scaup and two American Coots. I met a nice lady on the trail who told me about two deer on the wetland across the trail from the west arm of the south lake. Sure enough, two very large does were lying under a willow tree. They showed no alarm as I walked slowly past.

Peggy Ernshaw reported two eagles circling over the lake last Tuesday. Thanks Peggy.

Erv Klaas