Rock Cut SP

I checked Rock Cut SP around 2:00 p.m. this afternoon.   Despite the very cold temperatures during the previous week, Pierce Lake was mostly open.  Only the eastern 25% were covered with ice.

There were over 4,000 Canada Geese on the lake.  They dwarfed all other species by numbers and volume.  Mixed in were an estimated 350 Cackling Geese, 1 juvenile blue morph Snow Goose, 1 juvenile Pied-billed Grebe (it still had streaks on its head and face), 40 or so Common Goldeneye, about 20 Hooded Mergansers, some (8) Lesser Scaup, 4 Black Ducks, 25 Common Mergansers and a single Bufflehead (female).  There was an odd Canada Goose that was probably a hybrid between Canada and Barnacle.  It had a Barnacle head and face but the rest of it was Canada.  All of the gulls were either Ring-billed or Herring.

The Tundra Swans reported from a few days ago were not present.

Around 2:40 p.m., the Canadas started to leave.  In groups of 30-200 they started to fly off of the lake and toward the south. By 3:00 p.m., there were fewer than 200 Canadas on the lake.

A few other highlights were a 1st year Bald Eagle, 20 Coots, 1 Belted Kingfisher, and 1 fly-over Common Grackle.

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