Magness Lake 12/31/2009

We went to Magness Lake this afternoon; I was hoping to add Mute and Tundra Swans to my year list.  Unfortunately, neither was around.  I talked to a woman named Pat (I think), one of the owners, and she was very helpful.  She had not heard about the sighting of a Mute Swan earlier this week but had heard Tundra Swans several times recently.  There were about 75 swans there and I studied them all but all were Trumpeters.  No hint of yellow or orange in the bills.  I was glad to have them but I was hoping for a trifecta.

There were also one Ross’s Geese, one dark adult Snow Goose, one Snow Goose x Ross’s Goose hybrid, one Greater White-fronted Goose, about 100 Ring-necked Ducks, plus a smattering of more common birds.

I finished the year with 263 Arkansas species seen in 2009, 303 seen in Arkansas in my life list, 438 in my global life list.

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Species seen or heard:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Snow x Ross’s Goose (hybrid)
  • Ross’s Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Mallard
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Carolina Chickadee

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