Freezout Sunday AM
I gave Freezout Lake a good look for Sid's White-fronted Geese this
morning, but without success. There are some shorebirds still to be
found: yellowlegs, Pectoral, Stilt Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers a
couple Black-bellied Plovers plus killdeer and two American Avocets. An
adult Trumpeter Swan gave a good look on Pond 3. Duck numbers were
good...but remember that waterfowl hunting starts this coming weekend
and a number of the roads on the Area will be closed.
Two species to add the the 2013 Freezout Lake bird list this morning...a
Eurasian Wigeon and three Tundra Swans. Still 3-400 Snow Geese.
Good numbers of Snow Geese...Perhaps 35,000.
Swan count was also good...3,035.
Ducks, mostly Northern Pintails were still surprising strong, no count
but several carpets of ducks, particularly on Pond 2.
Sunrise estimate of vehicles enjoying the flyout was about 60...nice to
have you here.
- Happy Birthday Carolyn!
I can't imagine a better way to spend a Spring Birthday.
Robins are playing grab-ass, flickers crying out and a pair of trumpeters flew right over my head at Mayors Landing the other day. Joyous Springtime!
--- In MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com, Carolyn Hopper <cowgirl@...> wrote:
> It was awesome!! A great way to spend my birthday! Soul lifting sights -
- Howdy MOB,
Started the day with a soft snowfall that ended by 10:00AM.
I found 2,636 Canada Geese...all feeding in fields east of the Lake.
The first gull of the year was found far out in Pond 4 and an immature
bird so species remained an unknown. The same 10 Tundra Swans continued.
The south end of Pond 4 was the best location today (again). The first
bird I found in the scope was a/the Sabine's Gull adult. It was joined
soon by two juvenile Sabine's (tough to ID until they flew). The
Black-bellied Plover count was 18, and the Bonaparte's Gull had found
its way to the area. The Snow Geese were not found. A flock of about a
dozen White-faced Ibis was at Pond 3.
Bad and good news. Bad—nearly all shorebirds have gone north. Good---migrant passerines are moving through.
The passerine action was at the “garage grove”. Basically a small grove in the middle of prairie. Uncommon (seen once to three times on the Area): Swainson’s/Hermit Thrush, American Redstart (2 males), a Gray Catbird and Least Flycatcher (likely). Additionally, there were large numbers (hundreda) of swallows throughout the Area, seen: Northern Rough-winged, Cliff, Bank and Barn.
During my morning visit to Freezout Lake WMA I was surprised to find Pond 4 loaded with shorebirds. I saw:
Hundreds of phalaropes, mostly Wilson’s but at least 50 Red-necked.
Lots of Avocets
2 Stilt Sandpipers (FOY)
16 Least Sandpipers
Semipalmated Sandpipers (lots)
A good number of Long-billed Dowitchers
3 Semipalmated Plovers
A good number of Sanderlings…almost red headed this time of year (FOY)
Still two Trumpeter Swans in Pond 6 and in the Garage Grove a hummingbird ( could not get a good look) Never seen a hummer at Freezout.