- West Bank Park keeps giving me more lifers. One has to just look.
This evening I was using my compact scope to look for the Common Loon that I saw tossing back some squirming creature and saw a couple of shorebird like birds swimming with all the Coots, No. Shovelers and Eared Grebes. Closer examination matched Wilson's Phalaropes - a new bird for me. Even fit the description - "if it is a swimming shorebird it is a phalarope". I clocked in 33 species today - that I can recall in about an hour. A few were FOY for me - Cormorant, Caspian Tern, Western Grebe, White-crowned sparrow and the Wilson's (of course). There were quite a few Black-necked Stilts. Great birding without the need of a car to get there!
Our yard has been host to quite the gathering of Yellow-headed Blackbirds this week.