I decided to check out the sea duck action in Prescott this afternoon, to no avail. The Franklin's Gull, however was still around at the Lock & Dam in Hastings.
I drove up from Winona, and noticed that Goldeneye #s seemed way down in general. The pulloff at the eastern end of Lake Pepin, which is usually loaded with ducks in winter was empty. I didn't try too hard to look through trees for Barrow's in this area.
Good numbers of Trumpeter Swans (several dozen?) were at Prescott and Reads Landing. I've gotten used to seeing a pair or two here and there in recent winters, but the numbers this year seem to be signifigantly up, truly busting out of their Monticello stronghold.
There was a Peregrine Falcon hanging out in Red Wing at the 1st grain elevators upriver from the Amtrak Station.
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