Northern Shoveler at Lake Artemesia.

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.

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Dawn at Lake Artemesia.


Redhead 2019-12

I got my first good Redhead image here several years ago.

Common Goldeneye 2019-17

Common Goldeneye 2019-18

I found only a single Common Goldeneye today.

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Northern Shoveler 2019-1

The Northern Shoveler’s beak is twice as wide at the tip as at the base.

Hooded Merganser 2019-35 Hooded Merganser 2019-32 Hooded Merganser 2019-31 Hooded Merganser 2019-30 Hooded Merganser 2019-29

Hooded Merganser 2019-33

Two small flocks of Hooded Mergansers were feeding.

Ring Necked Duck 2019-4 Ring Necked Duck 2019-3

Lesser Scaup 2019-17

A single Scaup was cruising the shoreline.

White Throated Sparrow 2019-1

White Throated Sparrows were foraging in the grass along the path.

Bufflehead 2019-33

I saw only a single Bufflehead.

Double Crested Cormorant 2019-13

Double Crested Cormorants were resting near the Osprey platform.