Today Sharon and I birded Cook County from Tofte to Grand Marais and
counted a total of 257 Long-tailed Ducks. The largest flock was 122
birds at the town park in Tofte. There was a flock of 73 at Good
Harbor Bay, 47 at the Cascade River Wayside Rest, and 17 on the east
edge of Grand Marais.
The lake was open (and choppy) the whole way from Two Harbors, with
scattered ice chunks floating around everywhere. We turned around at
5-Mile Rock east of Grand Marais, where the open water ended. We saw
no other waterfowl all day, which was surprising.
We were inspired to make the trip up the shore after hearing a report
last week of a flock of unidentified waterfowl near Tofte estimated
at 400 birds. David Brislance also reported a few hundred Long-tails
east of Grand Marais on February 9.
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