NW flooded fields — waterfowl and pipits

Donna and I went out looking for plovers this afternoon. We started at Meridian Road and Rte 75 (M7), then did Moody Road (M), and ended up at Nygren (N). Our only plovers were Killdeer, but lots of waterfowl could be found, and we stopped wherever we could see water. At one stop, 0.5 mi north of 75 on the west side of Meridian, there were at least 4 American Pipits running around at waters’ edges. Ring-necked Ducks, Wood Ducks, Shovelers, and Gadwall were particularly numerous. Other species seen were Wigeon, Mallards, both teal, Pintails (N), Canvasback (M7 and 10 on M by the Dead End sign), Redheads, Buffleheads, and Hooded Mergansers. Several Lesser Scaup, a pair of Black Ducks, and a pair of Common Mergansers were at the end of Moody Road. Half a dozen Rusty Blackbirds were with cowbirds, grackles, and redwings halfway down Moody, and Tree Swallows flew by. 100+ Sandhill Cranes were also on Moody.

PS: With the dozen or so Canada Geese around Levings Lake on S. Pierpont Avenue are a pair of Cackling Geese, keeping to themselves.

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