Barbara and I took a couple of hours to scout our territory for Wednesday’s Rock Cut CBC. We started at Pierce Lake, which is mostly frozen except for an area of open water at the west end of the lake near the small rocky island. Among the Canada Geese and Mallards were 12 Gadwall, 4 Lesser Scaup, and 2 Am. Coots. 1 Ring-billed Gull was on the ice with 5 Herring Gulls. Below the dam, we spotted 2-3 American Black Ducks in the creek.
A Northern Shrike was perched in the top of a tree near the parking lot at Olson Lake. It flew across the road to the tree line that is south of the dog training area, where it still perched at the top of a tree. Olson Lake is completely frozen.
A sample cruise through open country between Rock Cut and Candlewick Lake revealed mostly Horned Larks, with 1 Snow Bunting. These birds were in manure that had been spread in fields of dairy farms. A Brown-headed Cowbird was at a feedlot with hundreds of Starlings and House Sparrows on Kelly Road.
Candlewick Lake is frozen.
Just before we left our house, a flock of 60 Sandhill Cranes flew over the house headed south.