[Tweeters] Large rafts of ducks on Lake Sammamish
masonflint at outlook.com
Wed Feb 6 18:14:45 PST 2019
I live on the west side of Lake Sammamish, mid lake, a bit north of Northup Way. In winter there are usually some Western Grebe (10-20), American Wigeon (maybe 20ish), and a few Common Merganser, Bufflehead and some Mallards.
Every once in a while there's an big influx. When I got home late this afternoon there were 500-800 ducks within sight, maybe many more. It was already pretty dark but most appeared to be American Wigeon with a lesser numbers of Northern Pintail. I picked out one Eurasian Wigeon but I'm guessing with better light I would have found more species.
It was probably just funky lighting but I had an intriguing fleeting/distant look at a duck that appeared to have a black back, white sides and round head before it flew further out in the lake by itself...
I'm hoping they'll still be there in the morning for better looks.
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