Huge flights of Tundra swans are beginning to settle into Pool 8 once more. American white pelicans are still abundant as are ducks. Look for puddle ducks with the swans at the overlook just south of Goose Island on Hwy 35. Larger ducks are gathering in huge rafts north of the Genoa Lock and Dam.
The wayside overlooks near Goose Island and Ferryville, Wisconsin, and the overlook south of Brownsville, Mn., will all be manned this weekend, and all weekends through November. DNR personnel or birding volunteers will be pleased to help you identify waterfowl and will often have spotting scopes available.
Try to be conscious of the sound of thousands of waterfowl greeting, bickering, challenging one another. Watch for eagles, of course… at water level as well as tree level. The very air is almost electric with such an abundance of wildlife!