It’s been an interesting week at Swan Lake. Monday there was a report of at least 120 Northern Shovelers, a very high count for Sitka. By Tuesday there were ‘only’ 50+ (still a high count), but 5 Blue-winged Teal also showed up. This is a high count for a species that is not reported at all most years, and when it is, often only a single bird. Wednesday 2 Ruddy Ducks showed up, and Thursday a pair of Red-throated Loons was present along with the continuing Ruddy Ducks, a pair of Blue-winged Teal, 40 or so Northern Shovelers, and some other more typical species. Below I’ve posted some pictures from a couple of visits I made to the lake on Thursday.