Yesterday I spent a couple hours reveling there. The main rafts (there were 2 
then) were:
Redheads, most
Lesser Scaup, a few scattered throughout
Greater Scaup, at least 2 male & 2 female (not together),
Canvasback, 1 male separate from 2 females together
Ring-necked Ducks, 13 males & 1 female mainly near east edge 
Ruddy Ducks, 10 mixed females & non-breeding males sleeping, mostly together & 
toward SE edge
Gadwall, 1 male at W edge
American Wigeon, 2 males, 1 female, at W edge
American Coot, 73 along W edge or separate
Mallards mainly along or closer to Treman lakeshore
Domestic type Mallard, 1 with white breast & brown belly
American Black Ducks, a dozen or more scattered around periphery
Hybrid Mallard x American Black Ducks, 2 males
Northern Pintail, 2 males together among Mallards
Bufflehead, 1 female separate to W, 1 male at E edge

Also more separate from the Aythya rafts:
Hooded Mergansers, males & females mainly together, NW, N, & E
Common Mergansers, males & more female type, scattered farther E
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 1 dingy male diving along E side of red lighthouse 
Long-tailed Duck, 1 winter male N of piling cluster pointed out by Time Lenz 
viewing from E Shore Park
Common Goldeneye, 5 males, 4 females together N of Stewart Park
Double-crested Cormorant, 4 resting on red lighthouse breakwater
Pied-billed Grebe, 2 separate along W shore
Horned Grebe, 34 (my count) or 40 (Tim Lenz’ count) scattered in middle of lake 
W & N of E Shore Park
Common Loon, 1 in middle of lake seen from E Shore Park.

Herring Gulls, lots
Great Black-backed Gulls, plenty
Ring-billed Gulls, enough
GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 adult very cooperative on ice floe with 30 Herrings & 1 
Ring-billed between E end of Stewart Park & E Shore Park for much of the morning
(Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 adult seen the day before)
(Iceland Gull, 1 pale juvenile seen the day before)

Canada Geese, scads
(Cackling Goose, probable given the number of Canadas, but searching for these 
guys drives me nuts) 

Belted Kingfisher, 1 male
Carolina Wren, 1 singing in brush along Treman Lakeshore
American Crow, 2 together along shore among Mallards
No raptors (a Red-tailed Hawk was by the Children’s Garden). 

If there’s another calm day with similar air & water temperatures before 
gunning resumes (Dec 27?), I highly recommend going. You never know when a 
Tufted Duck or Eared Grebe or any sort of Scoter might show up. Or even a King 
Eider. Meanwhile the Redheads & Mallards make a Christmas-y spectacle. 

- - Dave Nutter

> On Dec 20, 2017, at 10:47 AM, Nancy Cusumano <> 
> wrote:
> Has anyone had a chance to check out the big raft of duck in the Hogs Hole 
> area? I have not and curious as to the make up of the raft.
> thanks.


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