[Mich-listers] King Eider, Townsend's Solitaire- Alger Co 12/19
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Sun Dec 19 11:19:25 EST 2010
A small gaggle of birders this morning enjoyed the female KING EIDER by the
Grand Island boat dock. The bird was first seen at dawn to the east of the
dock on the edge of the ice in front of the east-most visible dock that has
a for sale sign on it. However, after a while, the bird came in right to the
Grand Island dock and was swimming around almost under our feet! It provided
to swim westward, almost disappearing around the western point, but came
back and remained between the Grand Island dock and the east dock. At times,
the bird is hugging the shoreline and can be obscured by the docks or
boathouse. It is foraging (I observed it eating a crawfish at one point),
and at times was dabbling like a Mallard.
Sharp-eyed Max Henschell spotted a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE perched up in a tree
along the shoreline on the west side of the Grand Island dock parking lot.
We watched it sit for a minute, then it dived down into the tag alders and
we did not see it again while we were there.
A nice morning out!
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