Some unique waterfowl at Clark Lake these past weeks just after the thaw:

We have Common Mergansers, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye and a Trumpeter Swan!

The Buffleheads are doing their mating rituals. One minute they are all getting along diving for seaweed and food and the next they are chasing each other and flapping their wings twice as if to say, “Check me out!”

The Sand Hill cranes landed just before the ice melted early one morning. There were two and then two more. After they did a funky dance the two took off. When the pair were alone again at last, one of them spread its wings as if to impress the other. The last picture are two squawkers over on Clark Lake Road.

-Becky Consonni