Judy and I made a trip through Stoney Creek Metro Park to Wetzel State Recreation Area to look for birds.
Oh - just go soak your head!
Common Merganser and GW Teal
We got our Ruddy Ducks! "Tippy Tails"! Lifers!
When you see us in the field, please forgive our wrap-around shades! It's an age thing (also smart!).
But be sure to say "Hi" to us!
We dipped on the Shovelers seen by Ed and Jan, and the Greater Yellowlegs seen by Jan, but here's our list of wet birds (most from SW lake in N quad):
Ring-Necked Ducks - 2 dozen - most abundant
Ruddy Ducks - 8 (4 pair)
Common Merganser -2 (one pair)
Mute Swans - 11 (+ several more mostly nesting - on the more northern ponds)
Buffleheads - 3 (1 pair + 1)
Redheads - 3
Mallards - 2 (1 pair)
Green-Winged Teal - 1 female
Killdeer - 1
I hope you enjoyed the ramble. Go check out Wetzel soon! We will be going back!
Thanks to Ed Lewandowski who told us where to go; and Mike Mencotti who told us about the tails recognizable from a distance; and to Jan Olesen who specifically told us where they were that day! Hey! It took three experienced birders to put us on Ruddy Ducks, but we got them! Thanks so much!
A great day!!!