Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Not great weather for humans (40-degrees and spitting rain), but great for ducks, geese and swans.

Here's what we found near Nelson this afternoon:

The up-river side of Big Lake (Pool 4) was full of Tundra Swans, Canada Geese and ducks.
We spotted easily a thousand swans from the Nelson Cemetery. (Do NOT watch from the shoulders on State Road 35).

Look across the River from the Nelson Cemetery
Look down-river from the Cemetery - past the sewage ponds. Rafts of waterfowl as far as the eye can see.

Tundra Swans at Nelson, Wisconsin
Cedar Ridge Resort: Pull off State Rd 35 on the river side of the road. Drive to the railroad tracks. Roll down your car windows - you can see and hear the swans and watch the waterfowl without getting out of the car.

Rieck's Lake Park: 24 Tundra Swans - off to the east from the observation deck, a dozen coots by the campground and only a handful of American Wigeons, Green-winged Teal, Mallards and Gadwalls close to Badlands Road. Watch for American Tree Sparrows flitting around with the juncos

Not much to see along State Road 37. No swans at County Road F and at County II (at Tell). There were a half-dozen Ring-necked Ducks in the pond behind the Alma Town Hall. Great views of Bald Eagles (singles and pairs) and Red-tailed Hawks on both sides of the Buffalo River.

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