Lake Dardanelle 11/6/12

Well today I went to several locations along Lake Dardanelle and saw quite a few newly arrived winter waterfowl.  I started at Delaware Bay and worked back to Lake Dardanelle State Park in Dardanelle.  Not only was there a lot of aquatic habitat but also terrestrial habitat as well.  Most of the time was spent in the car so I’m sure I missed a couple birds here and there.  While first driving out I saw a large kettle of Black Vultures and on the lake there were droves of coots and Ring-billed Gulls.  While at Delaware Bay I looked out among the coots and tried to discern if there was anything other than coots out there.  Just beyond the main raft of coots, among some gulls, were 5 Horned Grebes.  On top of that, a Ruddy Duck (First of Season) was spotted in the midst of the coots.  At Lake Dardanell SP I saw several Mallards in a sheltered bay of the lake.  With those two ducks and the Wood Ducks seen last Friday I am three ducks closer to completing my waterfowl goal.  The theme today seemed to be quality, not quantity.

Here are the different species seen:

  • Mallard
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Horned Grebe
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black Vulture
  • American Coot
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Wren
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal



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