Saturday, August 22, 2009

August 22

I saw 4 new birds today and I'm up to 120! Pretty good, eh? I thought so, I still have 4 months of birding and fall migration to go. But, my friend Lupe has 130! Dang, more birding is in order!

This was the easiest bird of the day; Lupe pointed out this Lazuli Bunting right behind the visitor's center. Later I saw a Black-Headed Grosbeak off the patio, and a Rufous Hummingbird at the feeder.

This Black Tern was on Pond 8. Pond 8 was a great pond today. It was quite low with mudflats and rocky islands, and was packed with shorebirds. I saw dowitchers, Wilson's Phalaropes, Least and Western Sandpipers, American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts, several Northern Shovelers, and a Willet was seen there, too. I also saw a Bullock's Oriole on Pond 1, and got a great look at a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher. On Pond 9 I saw a Least Bittern, Snowy Egrets, and Black-Crowned Night-Herons. It was the most productive day birding I've had in a while.


Terresa said...

Ever since I met you, I thought it was fascinating that you were an avid birder!! (is that the right term?)

Last time I took the kids out to the bird sanctuary was years ago. Another visit is in order!

Hope you are well!!

Margaret said...

My rufous hummingbirds left last week so they must be down to you now! I still have colliope and broadtail left though. They should be leaving with in the week. I've been photographing them for my blog but your's inspiring me to branch out and track all the other birds I see. Thanks for posting all your wonderful sightings.

Valerie said...

I don't know anything about birds, but love your gorgeous photos! I found you on Mormon Mommy Blogs. You sure have some beautiful birds out your way.