Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pied-Billed Grebe and Ducks in Ludington Harbor

   Dave Dister called and informed me that a Pied-Billed Grebe was mingling among the ducks in Ludington Harbor.

Pied-Billed Grebe

Common Golden-eye (female)

Greater Scaup (1st winter male)
   The Greater and Lesser Scaups can be hard to distinguish but there are a few diagnositic features that can aid in the identification process.

1) Round head - Check
Greater Scaup (adult male) 
2) Prominent jowly cheeks - check
 3)  Long white wing stripe - Check

Territorial Red-breasted Mergansers


Mute Swan
   Did I mention that the Lake-effect snow machine has been redistributing the relatively warm water of Lake Michigan onto the region.  We've had about 15" since Saturday evening.

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