Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wait for a Brant

December 22, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures only reached 38 degrees today; winds were 4 mph, gusts to 9 mph.

I scoped Hidden Lake (Jefferson) from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Later I heard that the geese return to the Lake between 11:00 am & 12:00 pm after their morning feast.

Hundreds of White-cheeked Geese (mostly Canada Geese) did not return until 11:57 am this morning.  Unfortunately, the Brant was not with them.

Most birders take Sheridan to 69th avenue, then east about half a mile to the lake.  There are several blind spots from here, although the open water is closest.

I found that Lowell Blvd, 2.2 miles north to 68th avenue, then 0.3 miles west and park south of the High School offers a view of most of the lake.

Perhaps the Brant will show up on another day!

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