High Water Dec 26, 2005 11:27:37 GMT -8
Post by kastern on Dec 26, 2005 11:27:37 GMT -8
Water levels have changed dramatically here in Harrison Mills. Five days ago I was at Eaglepoint Park and watched those two Yellowlegs wade right across the shallow water off of the open site. Yesterday my husband and I walked over there and there had to be 3 feet of water over the area. All of the exposed gravel beds are completely covered with water and as of this morning, a good part of the grasslands as well. Yesterday there were approximately 60 swans in the area, mainly Trumpeters but from the calls, also some Tundras and there was a flock of about 150 Canada Geese as well. First of those we'ed seen for a while. The dabbling ducks seem to have disappeared, except for the mallards but more of the diving ducks are showing up now. Lots of Common Merganser, Bufflehead and some Scaups. Also saw a Rough Legged Hawk over here a few days ago. Was returning from my walk to the park and had been scanning the flats, that at that point were still at least partially visible, hoping to spot a Snowy Owl, then just a few feet from my house spotted something big and white in the top of a cedar tree, heart skipped a beat for a moment but it turned out to be the Hawk. Still good but not as good as if it had been an owl. Am off to the island to visit children and grandchildren for a few days (and hopefully to get in a little birding). ;D With rain forecast for the next week it will be interesting to see how much higher the water will be when we return. Maybe I'll have Swans in my backyard! Had a heron in it a few days ago.