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No bucket so far today and I actually have some interesting observations (no photos though).

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Took a short break from my end-of-semester madness this afternoon and walked down to the lake, with my scope on my shoulder, leaving behind the emails from students who have suddenly become desperately concerned about their grade and a grade that didn't get entered properly three months ago.

Sunny and coolish (mid-60s).  No one about at all - no fishermen, no dog-walkers.  Just me.  And I picked the right time to show up.  Here's what was percolating birdwise at Lake Jackson.

About sixty gulls in a flock - careful scanning revealed about half a dozen Bonaparte's Gulls mixed in with the ring bills.  A Florida first for me.

At least 50 Ruddy Ducks (probably more) scattered about.  I don't think I have ever seen so many in one place before.  Usually just see one or two, maybe half a dozen.  In with the Ruddy's was a Red-breasted Merganser - a first for Lake Jackson for me.  And a small flock (approx 10) of Buffleheads, one male and a bunch of females.

These is probably the most ducks I've ever seen at once on the lake, especially in the height of hunting season.  And none of them were Ring-necked Ducks which are, in my experience, by far the commonest winter duck on Lake Jackson.

Also seen were an Osprey, a pair of Greater Yellowlegs, several hundred coots, a couple of great egrets, and a cormorant or two.

I rushed home and tried to find a spot to see if there were any yard list opportunities.  Unfortunately the bulk of the birds was too far to the south to be visible but I did manage to see a group of Ruddy Ducks and the Merganser.

So that's the aquatic avifauna for today at the south end of Lake Jackson, Tallahassee, FL.  What's up in your neck of the woods?

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