Wenas Lake 25 Sept
I trekked through the Wenas Lake mud once again this afternoon. Following
the creek down from the boat launch, I flushed a single American Pipit.
Waiting to greet me at the lake's edge were two Greater Yellowlegs. Stumbled onto
a bright Pectoral Sandpiper as I moved towards the resort side...eventually
the mud yielded three of this species. Also picked up two Spotted Sandpipers
(sans spots) before settling in on a group of 16 Long-billed Dowitchers
stitching in time to save nine.
As it appeared that the northwestern end had exhausted shorebird
possibilities, I decided to clop along the northern bank in hopes of finding a plover or
two towards the dam. Chances didn't look good as I had only two Killdeer on
my list at that point. The good news - I did find several plovers. The bad
news - none were golden, all 20 plus were Killdeer. The ugly news was that
it was a long walk back across many rocks followed by much mud.
I flushed up many small sparrows on the way back...the two that I had a good
look at were Savannah Sparrows. Plus, one Golden-crowned Sparrow responded
to the pish-fit I threw. And there were White-crowned Sparrows in the willow
area by the boat ramp along with one Yellow-rumped Warbler. In the distance,
a Meadowlark's song drifted down.
Lots of waterfowl today. Eighty plus Canada Geese and over 400 assorted
ducks. Most were Mallards but a good number (60-100) were Green-winged Teal.
Probably two dozen Northern Shovelers, and at least four Northern
Pintails...well, they had long necks, nice tails and resembled a Pintail's profile.
Four Great Blue Herons and two Double-crested Cormorants closed my list out.
Zippo for Swallows.
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