Yesterday when checking the lake's waterfowl I came upon this large dark duck at the very far end of things. It was preening and displayed a white wing patch. When it was done, it settled in to have a nap. The white patch on the wing was still visible. After fumbling around eliminating freshwater fowl which I am used to, I realized it was a scoter! This happens all the time unless I see a obvious male bird. When I got home I double checked to make sure that Surf Scoter didnt have white in their wings and I was right. A new species for the park!
Also of note were the two Blue-winged Teal still there. Five Ruddy Ducks were napping together near three Pied-billed Grebes.
Cackling Geese were in good numbers and I counted 47.
*edit* oops, forgot the Horned Grebe I also saw!
A Northern Harrier was hunting over the marsh and a flock of Evening Grosbeaks flew over.
It was a nice mild afternoon with lots of people enjoying the day there too.