by Carl Strang
On a brief trip to Culver, Indiana, last week I took some time to visit the town park and look for migrant ducks on Lake Maxinkuckee. There were coots aplenty, diving for water plants and quibbling as coots do.
There were thousands of coots, a few grebes and a loon, but no ducks other than local semi-domestic mallards.
The highlight came, not from waterfowl but from a trio of small birds that popped up along the shore of the lake.
Snow buntings! I never had seen one in all my childhood years of birding that town.
They were looking for seeds along the shore. It’s worth going out even on the dismal days of November. You never know what you may discover.