Hi All -
There was a N. Shoveler at the UI Dairy on Saturday. Pretty late for here but consistent w/ other recent reports from the region. Otherwise the dairy ponds have been largely abandonded by waterfowl in the past couple weeks w/ only a handful of C. Geese and 50 Mallards present yesterday. I suppose they might be out in the fields feeding on winter wheat. At Syringa Ponds there were 2 Ring-necked Ducks (f) and about 8 Bufflehead. Neither of these locations have been as good for waterfowl this fall as they were last fall.
Today (Sunday) we went for a short hike at the UI Plant Science Farm (aka Parker Farm) on a pleasant but chilly morning. Most notable were diurnal raptors with a Cooper's Hawk, a Rough-legged Hawk, 3+ Red-tailed Hawks, and 2 adult Bald Eagles which drifted lazily south as we were leaving.