DNR Point on South River Rd, Harrison Twp – White-winged Scoter

I did not get to bird last week due to being out of town for work… So when I heard on Sunday that a White-winged Scoter and a Long-tailed Duck were at the DNR point at the end of South River Rd I had to get over there… The Scoter and the Long-tailed Ducked offered some close ups… There also were some Tundra Swans on the open water south of the point… I lucked out and the Snowy Owl that has been reported was there and buzzed the pond… The White-winged Scoter even had some ice on his back at day break but when I got off of work he looked all warmed up at 5pm…. There were many Canvasbacks, Greater Scaup, Red-breasted and Common Mergansers, Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and a couple of Ring-necked Ducks…. Thanks to Eric Domurat for the heads up yesterday on the ducks!

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

White-winged Scoter with ice chunks on back. this is at day break

White-winged Scoter with ice chunks on back. this is at day break

White-winged Scoter

White-winged Scoter

White-winged Scoter with ice chunks on back. this is at day break

White-winged Scoter with ice chunks on back. this is at day break

White-winged Scoter

White-winged Scoter

White-winged Scoter

White-winged Scoter

5 thoughts on “DNR Point on South River Rd, Harrison Twp – White-winged Scoter

  1. Went to the DNR point yesterday after work about 5pm

    Did not see the snowy, sure would like to see one again, the only one i’ve seen was in this area on north river rd in feb 2012.
    the ducks were kind of far out viewing from the boat launch area.

    Are the scoter pics taken from the point?, or a zoom lens from the boat launch? when do you thing is the best time to see the snowy?
    any other good places to check out cool winter birds or ducks?

    • Scoter pics were taken from about 10 yards away… The scoter was swimming along the shore at the point… as far as the Snowy, I got lucky… It seems to hunt an hour or two before night fall but it moves around and is seen sporadically.

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