yesterday, early in the morning, there was more open water, approx. 25%.
Last night it froze pretty good, so i went to the lake this morning i expected not much change that way.
It must have been the wind, the lake is now 80 % open.
And lots of ducks!
First yesterday, I met a grouse close to the lake. On the lake the two bonaparte's gulls, the pair of pintails and now four mallards (3 males one female) and i could here the lesser yellowlegs.
The mew gulls seem to have gone, they were not there this morning either. But a lot of ducks had flown in.
First close to were i come out at the lake; a pair of buffleheads, and a male barrow's glodeneye.
total count: 2, a pair of, buffleheads
2, a pair of barrow's goldeneye
4, 2 pairs of scaup
6, one female and 5 males, mallards
2 or 3 bonaparte's gulls
3 unidentified ducks
(and May 13, 2017 the lake totally ice free now, no ducks! nor gulls, that i could see or hear, just hearing the yellowlegs.)
and continuing my walk , May 10, grouse, juncos and robin's, i decided to climb a fairly steep high hill, and right on the top:
a yellow-rumped warbler.
Yesterday May 9, a yellow-rumped warbler arrived in my yard
As i was sitting on the shore of the lake, a boreal chikadee flew up to me.
Closeby i heard a woodpecker, but never saw it.
In the lake I saw today; the two mew gulls on the remaining ice. In the water, now say 15 % open; one bonaparte's gull, a pair of pintails , 2 male mallards.
I did not walk along so i didn't hear or see the yellow legs. I did scan the tops of trees, but could not make out any bird activity.
This both an exercise in observing the birds and becoming more aware. I am sure there were more birds than i saw or heard.
Yesterday the mew girls resting, now one seemed to be pecking things of the ice
this is what i did see, April 26, when i last crossed the ice
the lake is still mostly covered in ice.
May 7, 2017
a pair of mew gulls were resting on the ice,
i heard quite a noise from the lesser yellowlegs, i saw one.
2 or 3 bonaparte's gulls.
and a singing junco.
Most of these photo's are taken in the area where i live. Mendenhall subdivision. On the Alaska highway, right in between Whitehorse and Haines Junction. Yukon Territories Canada my daily blog: http://jozien.blogspot.com