Friday, April 15, 2016

Plenty of Migratory Birds Are Here For Your Viewing Pleasure

                                                               Lincoln's Sparrow

                                                                       Lincoln's Sparrow

                                                                  Savannah Sparrow

                                                                     Least Sandpiper

                                                                      Canada Gosling

                                                          Female Northern Cardinal

                                                                      Male Wood Duck

                                                                   Pied-billed Grebe

These were photos from the first part of the week, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  The
sparrows are an assortment, some of whom are current migratory inbounds, like the Lincoln's
and White-throated Sparrows.

The Least Sandpiper was located on the southernmost jetty on the east side, and on the same day,
a couple of Franklin's Gulls and an American Avocet were observed on the west side of the lake,
right across from the first jetty mentioned.

The Wood Ducks surprised me, as I saw two males, and know of one female, who must be with
eggs at this stage.  I am hoping that this second male is also paired,  both of which were located at
Boomer Creek.  A few Blue-winged Teal, a handful of American Coot, a couple of Mallards, and a
Pied-billed Grebe or two are usually out there with the occasional Double-crested Cormorant and
Great Blue Herons, who are also nesting.

There are also Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Orange-crowned Warblers, and plenty of other birds, including the Osprey, who I hope will say in the area.  The creek is very active during this time of year, with many cavity nesters.  I have observed the Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, and practically all of the woodpeckers working on a cavity of some kind.