[wisb] Milwaukee, Report of Lake Park Duck Watch on March 3, 2012

Report of Lake Park Duck Watch on March 3, 2012

Six birders scanned the lake at North Point just north of Bradford  
Beach for just over a half hour before moving on to Lakeshore Park.

The highlight was the Harlequin Duck up close up close in the main  
embayment just east of Discovery World. This small, round-headed,  
very dark gray bird had two white ovals on each side of its head and  
a vertical sliver of white on its right side just behind its breast.   
It did not seem to have the same sliver of white on the left side.   
We did not see the Long-tailed Duck in the pond behind Lakeshore  
Park, where it has been seen recently.

Overall numbers of Scaup and Goldeneyes seen were only a few hundred  
each, very much decreased from Duck Watches on January and February.   
Numbers of Buffleheads were fairly stable at about a hundred total  
between the two locations.  There were about two dozen Red-breasted  
Mergansers, but none were performing courtship displays.

We had a nice lesson in gull variation with just a handful of gulls   
up close at North Point: large Ring-billed with clear white nape,  
small Ring-billed with dirty gray nape, Herring with clear nape and  
bright yellow bill and flesh around eye.

--- Paul Hunter
Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
  http://home.roadrunner.com/~phunter1/lakeparkbirds.html
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Warbler Walks at Lake Park, - Saturdays, 8:30 to 10:00 AM
Spring 2012: April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26
Meet on the WEST side of the Warming House near the tennis courts on  
the north end of the park.
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