[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
I've been putting this off long enough. I've tried to not be too disappointed with not hitting 220 for the year. It just wasn't in the cards with the way the weather hit at the end of the month. I didn't even head back out until the 30th. One highlight prior to the 2 day sprint at the end of the year was 2 Great Horned Owls calling back and forth. The 30th and 31st had very few highlights also. Hart's Lake I was able to get some audio recordings of Bald Eagle and Mute Swan for the first time. It was truly an amazing sight with 38 Mute Swans and 34 Trumpeter Swans calling out. The Mute Swans were a high count for the County. I also got a flagged high count of Gadwalls at 28.
Hart's Lake looked good, but most of the other lakes were relatively empty of birds. Really was just a kick in the junk to nab any more birds. I thought maybe some owls might come through, but I decided to go Duck Lake and hit J DR N for Short-eared. Problem was when I got there, a couple of hunters were giving me crap when I pulled up there. According to them there were no owl because it had been "sprayed". By that time it was too late to try another spot I had thought might be a chance. So I ended at 218 for the year. Still the best year ever.
So to look at the positives of the year.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)