The weather gods promised sunshine, and we got it. I went to Lake Artemesia early to get some dawn photos, and it was just OK. I had been hearing about good birds all week, though, so it didn’t matter much.
Artemesia can be spotty, but it’s been prolific for the last few weeks. It’s nice to find good birds, and it’s even better to find several good birds.
There were lots of photographers today, many more than usual. Maybe we’re giving away too much on Facebook.
Dawn at Lake Artemesia.
I’ve been going to Artemesia for 5 years, and this is the first Common Merganser I’vfe seen there.
There were fewer Canada Geese than usual.
8-10 Hooded Mergansers were feeding in the lake.
I counted 25 Double Crested Cormorants.
I found three Great Blue Herons.
I saw this Belted Kingfisher several times, but it was tough to get a photo.
The Common Goldeneyes are still hanging out.
I found only two Buffleheads.
This female Canvasback has been around for more than a week.
These are the first Common Mergansers I’ve seen at Artemesia.