Last night after returning from Washington state I took a quick lap
of my usual spots around Somers. At Wiley Dike I heard an unusual
call note and chatter that I did not recognize. With some searching,
I got a good look at an adult female Rusty Blackbird, in the dense
shoreline tangle along the dike (typical habitat for the species).
This is the first time I have seen this species in the valley in
Other recent developments include a mass invasion by White-crowned
Sparrows; we have at least 30 around the yard (all "Gambel's", not
our local breeding subspecies), and the arrival of our first Brown-
headed Cowbird. We also had two Evening Grosbeaks once this week, a
species we have not had in a very long time.
I also got a call this week from Anne Morley of Swan Lake. She and
her husband saw a Great Egret at the mouth of Spring Creek along the
south shore of Swan Lake on Sunday the 27th.
I saw many Vesper Sparrows in the Camas Prairie area on my travels
through, but no Brewer's or Lark Sparrows in their usual haunts there
and at Perma.