Hundreds of WF, Canada and Snow Geese, plus a good mix of duck species were present around noon today on Lake Byllesby in Dakota Cty. There were two viewing areas: at Lakeside Cemetery, and also from the Goodhue County Public Access Boat Landing. Thanks for your post, Steve Weston.
Bruce Fall was at Lakeside Cemetery when I arrived, and had located all the duck and goose species present, including Cackling Goose. I found most of them after checking the Dakota and Goodhue locations.
Lakeside Cemetery: Drive a little over 1/2 mi east of Randolph on hwy 88; entrance is on the south side of the road, and a viewing area is to your left (east) as you enter.
Public Access to L. Byllesby, Goodhue Cty Boat Landing: From the hwy 56/88 intersection, go south, over the bridge on 56, about 2 miles; turn left (east) on Scotia Trail (302nd St.) and follow the signs. The entrance is down a hill, on your left. The waterfowl was along the far beach, looking NE.
At this time, slushy snow, ice, soft gravel and mud make driving, parking and walking in both areas dicey.
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