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This lake is immediately south of the Red Barn and is an excellent birding location in both the spring and fall. All the regular waterfowl migrants can be found here and the list of rarities is quite impressive: Common Loon, American White Pelican (2003), Eared Grebe (1996, 2000), Greater White-fronted Goose, Ross's Goose, Mute Swan, Tundra Swan, Eurasian Wigeon (1996), Cinnamon Teal (1992), Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter (2000, 2005), White-winged Scoter (1997, 2007), and Black Scoter (2000).

This lake is also a good spot to find unusual gulls and terns both in the early spring (particularly when there is still ice) and in late fall. In this category the rarities include Glaucous Gull (1996, 2002), Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (2001), Franklin's Gull, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, and Common Tern (1993).

The south end of the lake is quite shallow and extensive mudflats often appear in late summer and fall which makes this an ideal place to look for American Pipits and migrant wading birds such as Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Piping Plover (1988), American Avocet (1991, 2000, 2002), Hudsonian Godwit (1998, 2003), Willet (2005), Red Knot (1998, 2000), Sanderling (1991, 2002), Western Sandpiper (1988), White-rumped Sandpiper (2002), Baird's Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1988, 1991), Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope (2001), and Snowy Egret (2003).

If the mudflats persist then sedges and other wetland plants will appear, creating good habitat for Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows.

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