- Hello Birders,
There are at least four pairs of Ospreys nesting in
the Nice/Rodman Slough area. Also, the bridge at
Rodman Slough on the Nice-Lucerne Cut-Off has scads of
Cliff Swallows nest-building, and the mouth of the
slough attracts hundreds of Aechmophorus grebes, with
many Clark's among them. Com. Mergansers have been
common along the Nice lakefront, and Pied-b Grebes and
D-c Cormorants are going into nesting mode.
Other birds seen at Rodman Slough Park on 5 Apr:
Ash-thr Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, Wilson's Warbler, Purple Finch (singing),
two Varied Thrushes and perhaps 75 or so Y-r Warblers.
On 6 Apr in Nice: Vaux's Swift, Pygmy Nuthatch,
Bullock's Oriole influx.
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There is a Tundra Swan (Imm.) feeding just West of the Rodman Slough Island. The bird didn't seem to mind that I was only about 50 yards from it. Also, just east (20 yards)of the Rodman Slough Bridge there is a Phainopepla. This is the exact place I saw two of them earlier in the year on the North side of the road.