[wisb] Surf Scoters, American Avocet, Portage County

This morning Maureen Brocken, Stan Skutek and I birded Lake DuBay and 
northwestern Portage County.  We found a small group of birds on DuBay 
initially- 6 Horned Grebes and 4 L.Scaup.  As we walked out on the dike 
however, a flock of 9 Surf Scoters swept in, landed and spent about 20 
minutes before lifting off to the south.  Later, a Bald Eagle flushed 
two birds from the far north end of the flowage, one was a Ring-billed 
Gull, the other an American Avocet which also headed south, crossed the 
dam and disappeared.
Eastern Blubird numbers were down from last week but we had a nice 
sparrow count and Maureen spotted a lone Dark-eyed Junco along River 
Road.  Raptors included the Bald Eagle, 3 Ravens, 2 N. Harriers, 7 
Red-tailed Hawks and a Peregrine Falcon(thanks Stan).

Gerry Janz
Stevens Point, Portage County


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