More on the White-Winged Scoter phenomenon as it has occurred in Chicago, from Sheryl DeVore. Thank you, Sheryl!
I also heard on the radio this morning that the Great Lakes are more than 80% frozen, which adds another statistic to this report. And although I have found no dead birds, I have found two dead squirrels this winter, one in my basement stairwell a couple weeks ago and one on the sidewalk coming home last week.
I’ve never re-blogged before so I hope I’m doing this right!
Brutal winter drives sea ducks farther inland in Chicago area
Arkadi Romanov has seen hardy sea ducks withstand frigid waters in his native Russia. But the Glenview man never expected to see one emerge from 6 inches of snow at Beck Lake dog park in Des Plaines, about a dozen miles from Lake Michigan.
Nor did he and Chris Anchor, a wildlife biologist with the Cook County Forest Preserve District, expect to discover dozens more scoters dead beneath the snow at the dog park and a park in Glenview.
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