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Subject:Signs of Spring
From:Ben Harste <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ben Harste <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:18:34 -0500

I returned the Bass Ponds in an attempt to relocate the Greater
White-Fronted Geese.  I was not successful in finding the two Geese and most
of the Canada Geese were sleeping on the ice of Long Meadow Lake rather than
swimming in the open pond water, but I did see many other waterfowl.

While I was walking a Killdeer flew in and landed on the shore of the pond.
He looked out of place among the snow, and he kind of looked like he was not
content in the around the snow.  Here are some images:


Other waterfowl included
3 Wood Ducks, 2 Redheads, 5 Canvasback, at least 14 Common Mergansers, 2
Hooded Mergansers, 2 Ring-Necked Ducks, 1 American Black Duck, many
Mallards, many Canada Geese, and about 20 Scaup.

Since I am unable to differentiate between the Scaups, here are pictures of
some of them if anybody else wants a look at them:


Also, I forgot to mention the last time I posted, although the I did not see
the geese today, the parking lot/entrance to the Bass Ponds is located at
Old Shakopee Road and E 86th Street in East Bloomington.  You can get to the
parking lot by turning East onto 86th Street where the signs for Cypress
Semiconductors are and the parking lot is just off road.  The open pond is
found by walking down the large hill and then going straight on the path and
turning right at the fork.  There are two open ponds plus some open water on
Long Meadow Lake where the pond drains I believe.   The pond/path can also
be accessed by parking at the Old Cedar Ave parking lot, but the walk is a
little over a mile to the NE to get to the pond from there.

Ben Harste
Bloomington, MN

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