Thursday, January 29, 2015

Willow Creek

As mentioned in the prior post, here is the lack of ice cover along this small sliver of Lake Mendota. I don't think it's been frozen since I returned from winter break.
Still no new ducks, but I try to check it every day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


We're out of the gate for this year's competition. This year already looks quite different from last, due to the unseasonable warm spells and ice melt. Right now, there's a bit of open water at Willow Creek, which I'll be keeping an eye on this month. There has been nothing spectacular there yet, but some of the other competitors have gotten a few ducks already. So far, I've just seen mallard and Canada goose there. It would be nice to see some different waterfowl this month!

Yesterday morning, I found "the Nat's" great horned owl surveying the University Creek mounds. Today, I found my song sparrow not far from U.Bay, and a flyover rock pigeon. The latter is a weird one to write about, but they can be "patchy" in the vicinity of campus.