I went to Artemesia yesterday, and it was almost a total waste of time. It was windy and cold, and the birds just weren’t there.
Today was different, with calm winds, sunny skies and beaucoup birds. I made several loops of the lake, finding new birds on each trek. I’ve only seen Shovelers there once before.
Dawn at Lake Artemesia.
I got my first good Redhead image here several years ago.
I found only a single Common Goldeneye today.
The Northern Shoveler’s beak is twice as wide at the tip as at the base.
Two small flocks of Hooded Mergansers were feeding.
A single Scaup was cruising the shoreline.
White Throated Sparrows were foraging in the grass along the path.
I saw only a single Bufflehead.
Double Crested Cormorants were resting near the Osprey platform.