Sunday, February 16, 2014

river in winter - diving ducks

The Menominee River, upstream from the city of Milwaukee's Lake Michigan harbor and Milwaukee Bay, has an array of diving ducks and gulls right now, including some species that are not often found here. This White-winged Scoter is in fact one of four I saw today, and the first of this species I have ever found on the river. This is undoubtedly due to the extensive ice build-up found in the harbor at this time, forcing some diving ducks to move around in search of open water. Other species included (in the order they are displayed on the page) Hooded Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Greater Scaup, and many gulls, (mostly Herring Gulls). Not pictured but also found were Common and Red-breasted Merganser, and Lesser Scaup.

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