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Duck, Duck, Goose! Fall Migration and Identification Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ashely Adams   
Friday, 08 November 2013 17:41

It’s that time of year we all look forward to.  No, I’m not talking about holidays or watching your favorite football team.  I’m talking about fall migration!   As the days shorten and the cold takes hold, many birds say sayonara to their summer homes and head for warmer shores.    Believe it or not, the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is a must see for anyone interested in spotting these autumn visitors.

Greater White-fronted Goose

This Greater White-fronted Goose was spotted in early October.  You never know what will turn up!

While many of the songbird migrants have moved on, now is a great time to catch up on your waterfowl viewing.   While Canada Geese and Mallards are a year-round sight, now’s your chance to see them in their greatest number.    Not to be out done, Ruddy Ducks have congregated on Wintergreen Lake, peaking around one hundred.   Visitors may see a handful of Northern Shovelers, spinning around in the water as they attempt to skim up plant matter.   Teal, Scaup, Ring-Necked Ducks, and many more species dot the lakeside.   If you’re lucky, you may find a rarer migrant.   Perhaps you will spot a Snow Goose or a Tundra Swan on your next visit?


The Redhead duck is an aptly named fall migrant.  (Photo Credit: Josh Haas)

Have all these waterfowl got your head in a spin?   Can’t tell a Gadwall from a Wigeon?   How about attending our upcoming Waterfowl Identification class?   It will be Saturday, November 16th from 9-11am.   Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.  However, the ability to improve your waterfowl IDing skills is priceless.  Preregistration is required, so call 269-671-2510 or email birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu today!

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