- Pete and Mary Gealey reported seeing a male harlequin duck on lower Big
River amongst a small group of buffleheads of Friday. They saw this
group of ducks upriver of the gate but well below the rock quarry.
Today Suzanne and I found it from the parking area near the first bend
above the bridge and still with a group of about 10 buffleheads. We had
a scope with us and it gave us plenty of time to observe it. As we
left, the group was swimming upstream behind the first island.
We also saw a group of very active common mergansers, one red-breasted
merganser, three common goldeneyes and a snowy egret. For awhile, the
snowy egret was following the mergansers as they were working along the
riverbank. The snowy would hop/fly along along the bank, keeping pace
with the ducks, apparently to see if they would stir up something
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