I arrived at Lake Murray before sunrise, but there was a full moon, so it wasn't too dark:
I saw this weird gull. It wasn't that big, but I think it might be a western gull. Those are the most common gulls around the lake right now. But, someone's been spotting a glaucous-winged gull which I can't find.
I've noticed that the scaups and ruddy ducks are hanging out closer to shore lately. I think it was because there were so many on the lake. The numbers seem to have gone down a little:
Beautiful male American wigeon:
Here are two of them:
Wait, what was that thing with the crested red head behind them?
It's a female hooded merganser!
It's the first time I've seen one there, though they have been spotted at other lakes in the area:
I'd like to mention that Baby Blue has been walking around with an enlarged crop. I hope it's not the beginning of an impacted crop. It seems soft and flexible, so it might not be impacted. I think he's going over across the lake and pigging out on someone's bread before he comes back to where I usually see him. It seemed better this morning, but still worrisome: