Park & Keho Lakes
- This morning Earle Covert and I went birding towards Park Lake PP and Keho Lake. Earle had a good start with a Snowy Owl along Hwy 845 just north of Raymond while he was enroute to Lethbridge to pick me up. A few birds (Northern Flicker, Am. Crow and BB Magpie were seen on the way to Park Lake.
Park Lake birds included Mallards, American Robins, European Starlings, Common Goldeneye, a pair of Tundra Swans, Canada Geese, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Canvasback, Redheads, Common Mergansers, Lesser Scaup, a pair of Buffleheads, House Sparrows, a Townsend's Solitaire, a Varied Thrush and a pair of Red-tailed Hawks.
On the way to Keho Lake, another Red-tailed Hawk was spotted.
Keho Lake had a good complement of the same ducks, but we also picked up Northern Pintails, American Coots, Ring-necked Ducks, Snow Geese, Ring-billed, California and Herring Gulls, our first Ruddy Duck of the year, a lone DC Cormorant, one American Tree Sparrow and a few Horned Larks. The trip home picked up a couple Gray Partidge and some Rock Pigeons.
Earle ended up with 36 species (Snowy Owl) and 7 new year birds for the day and I ended up with 35 species and 3 new year birds. The morning was cool at 0*C to +1*C, very foggy with a brisk SE wind. A spotting scope was virtually useless.
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