Birded 14 glorious hours yesterday, 4/2.
55 species, missed a few common sp - Goldfinch, both nuthatches, D.
Started the day in a Sharp-tailed Grouse blind at 6:30 and had a
remarkable show. A few individuals displayed so close to the blind
they were not visible- directly under the windows!
Area rice paddies and WMA wetlands held a good variety of waterfowl
though numbers of most species were low and Tundra Swan numbers were
down from last week. New arrivals...
Pintails and Goldeneyes have returned after being absent from the
paddies last week.
Other FOY sightings in Clearwater county...
Pied-billed Grebe - 2
Great Blue Heron - 1
Turkey Vulture - 4
Killdeer - a few
Marbled Godwit - 4
Wilson Snipe - 3
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Northern Flicker - 1/2 dozen mixed into almost every large Robin
flock I came across
Eastern Phoebe -1
Northern Shrike -1 (not FOY, but always a great bird to watch!)
Black-billed Magpie (ditto) - very active and found in at least ten
Eastern Bluebird -9
Fox Sparrow - protected wooded areas were hopping with them!
Eastern Meadowlark -1
Western Meadowlark - a few
I can not remember a time when I have experienced a heavier movement
of Juncos. I had to ride the brakes down some stretches of brushy
wetland road to avoid impact. Wood Frogs and Boreal Chorus Frogs are
singing in a few places but we need rain to fill the ponds and
The Bagley Farm -Clearwater
The Bemidji Loft -Beltrami
The middle of Nowhere is Somewhere!
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