Our next stop was the boat ramp at monstrous Chateau on the Lake resort on Table Rock Reservoir. We quickly spotted 4 Common Loons (photo courtesy of Marvin DeJong). The rains stopped as we slipped onto the private marina to get a closer look. While photographing loons on the marina decking, I spotted a flock of 11 Horned Grebe along the opposite shoreline. A couple Pied-billed Grebes fished near the marina. And no security guards stopped to ask what we were doing.
We made our way across the dam and downstream to our next stop of the day. It was the beautiful campus of the College of the Ozarks. There were my favorite looks of the day. On the first of two ponds near Edwards Mill, four pair of Bufflehead (photo courtesy of Marvin DeJong) frolicked at close range. A few Lesser Scaup and a pair of Mute Swans swam nearby. In the lower mill pond, a mixed flock of 30-40 Bufflehead and Lesser Scaup, with a single Mallard drake, leisurely swam nearby, seemingly unbothered by our presence. Perhaps that was the neatest thing about this place. Each year Bufflehead, scaup, and Ring-necked Ducks spend their winter in this beautiful setting growing accustomed to passing students every day.
And so, a rainy day saw a respite, and we managed to find some pretty cool species. Special thanks to Marvin DeJong for sharing the great outdoors with me, and for providing the wonderful shots of Common Loons and Buffehead for this post. I took this picture of him working deligently for me. :)