Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery New Years Day

New Year's Day we trekked to Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery, which is on the south side of M43 in Van Buren County, about five miles east of M40.  Waterfowl diversity is down, but there were still some nice birds to be seen, including eleven Trumpeter Swans, the most I have ever seen there in twelve years. For five or six years there was only one Trumpeter out here, but numbers and nesting success have gone up since Mute Swan control began.

Trumpeter Swan - no that isn't a yellow spot - it's some ice

Trumpeter family circles

                                                                 This nice male Pintail was very cooperative.  

American Wigeon, Gadwall, and Mallard - hunters sometimes call Mallards "Greenheads!"

Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery - go there if you are in the area. It is a great way to start a New Year of birding!


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