Last evening (March 27, 2013) I spent a little over an hour checking out a few spots around the east end of Rice Lake for waterfowl. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. The Mather’s Corners meltwater pond is about 10% open now and should fully open this weekend. There is also continuous open water east of Birdsall Line and a small patch of open water SW of the Birdsall Warf (need a scope to see the ducks). The highest numbers of ducks was around the end of Asphodel 2nd Line. Here’s my summary of waterfowl from eBird: Canada Goose 62 American Wigeon 1 American Black Duck 13 Mallard 57 Northern Pintail 2 Green-winged Teal 2 Redhead 30 Ring-necked Duck 21 Lesser Scaup 6 Bufflehead 13 Common Goldeneye 161 Hooded Merganser 14 Common Merganser 382

Location: Rice Lake area
Observer: Mike Burrell

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.