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A Three-Grebe Day

American Mink On Easter Sunday I started the day at Sarsaparilla Trail to look for the Pied-billed Grebes that had been reported there.  There wasn’t much activity in the woods – no chickadees came to greet me at the trail entrance, and I didn’t hear or see a single nuthatch – but I could hear plenty of juncos and the occasional Golden-crowned Kinglet singing in the woods beyond the trail.

The large pond at the back of the trail was a different story.  A half-dozen Tree Swallows were hunting over the water, Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows and Red-winged Blackbirds were singing in the reeds at the water’s edge, and there were plenty of waterfowl scattered across the pond.  I counted about a dozen Canada Geese, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, a few mallards, one Pied-billed Grebe, and almost 20 Ring-necked Ducks.  Although not an uncommon species at Sarsaparilla Trail, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many.  A male Wood Duck also flew over while I was counting the ducks.

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