3031Connected Lakes this morning
- Sep 12, 2008
Birding was slow today compared to prior-years’ one-day counts in September, e.g., 97 spp ( 21 Sept 2004) and 79 spp ( 13 Sept 2002). I found only 49 spp and no shockers except that this is my first trip around the loop without seeing coots or pied-billed grebes!!! (I speak of roughly 450 trips over ten years). Also there were no shorebirds other than a couple of Killdeer (no Spotted sandpipers).
Waves of Barn swallows, but very few of the other swallows
Black-crowned night heron – 1 adult and 1 sub-adult
Eared grebe – 1 juvie
Osprey – 2
Warblers – 4 spp mixed with Black-capped chickadee, bushtits, Warbling vireo, and several Blue grosbeaks (very early this morning)
Blue grosbeak – 15+ might have been the most vocal birds out there!
Western tanager – 7
Western wood pewee – 5
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