I took the quick-drive to South Dakota and back Saturday. As expected, the Ring-billed ducks and Redheads were long gone. A number of Blue-winged teal, a few Green-winged, a single pair of Canvasbacks and lots of Lesser Scaup were sighted. Time didn’t allow for setup and stakeout as I had duties awaiting me. It was more of a scouting trip to see would be out there in a couple of weeks. What did surprise me was the very few number of American White Pelicans that I was able to spot in the Ortonville and Lac Qui Parle Lake area. That area is known for being the current home to the largest number of nesting American White Pelicans in the country. Frankly, I was kind of worried about what may have happened to the guys.
That brings me to Sunday; a windy, cloud filled day accompanied by dropping temperatures and periods of blowing drizzle. I spotted a number of Lesser Scaup and a couple pair of Woodies so I went back to pick up a longer lens and returned. Upon my return, the ducks remained for a brief period and then disappeared. I drove down to the end of the road and turned around thinking that was it for today. However, on my may back I saw a delightful site. Two large groups of pelicans were now on the lake. It was great to see them bobbing in the waves and tucking in close to the shoreline. Yep, the boys are back in town.