[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Nothing of note as I've not birded beyond the confines of the yard the past 2 weeks. Weather has been less than spring-like. The only thing of note is I received an e-mail that the Buff-breasted Sandpiper from 4/16/2017 was flagged as potential Ruff. A huge bird for this area. First in the 8 counties around here, according to eBird. I don't have high hopes that it gets approved by the MBRC. I posted to Whatbird.com and to Birdforum.net and got a couple positives, as well as an e-mail, one saying looked okay for BBSA and another saying maybe Ruff but they wouldn't vote positive on it. Bird would be in the upper left. Definitely isn't a Pectoral Sandpiper as the shape in flight is way off.
April 7th the 4 American Robin hatchlings were present in the morning, but gone later in the afternoon. Didn't see any sign of an attack, and have only seen a couple of juvenile Robins since then. Plenty of hiding places in the woods, so they may have just skipped town. April 15th a Red-tailed Hawk successfully caught something at the woodpile. I couldn't tell what it was though. Looked small and black, so it could have been a bird. Not sure why it would have been near the woodpile though as no place for it to hide there.
Only other "exciting" things of note were a Scarlet Tanager and Yellow-billed Cuckoo added to the year list for the yard. With some Chaos continuing going to be rough to find a Dickcissel or Alder Flycatcher to add to the list this month.
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My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)