Birding in Calhoun County and beyond
sI stuck to the homestead upon my return from NC. On March 25th I managed to count out 197 Ring-necked Ducks in the backwater. They were joined by 94 Lesser Scaups, a couple of American Wigeons, and a smattering of Bufflehead.
This was just the beginning of the large numbers of Ring-necked Ducks to be found. On March 26th I walked back to the backwater, and flushed an American Woodcock from less than 6 feet where I was walking. The Woodcock was yardbird #134. This was followed shortly after scanning the backwater with #135, Canvasback. A surprisingly missing bird from the yard list. Ring-necked Duck numbers were at 175, with me undoubtedly missing some around the corners.
March 27th the Ring-necked Duck numbers were up to 256. March 28th I counted 237, with Scaup and Buffleheads continuing. March 29th I only managed 87 Ring-necked Ducks and with 5 American Wigeons mixed in with the Scaup and Buffleheads.
Between the time I returned and the end of March I had racked up 12 new year birds, all from the yard. FOY Golden-crowned Kinglets, Tree Swallow, Eastern Phoebe, Wigeon, Trumpter Swans, Chipping Sparrows, Belted Kingfisher, Woodcock, Canvasback, Gadwall, Brown Creeper and Wild Turkey (finally).
No pictures worth posting from this time period. Most of the looks were through a scope at the various ducks. If I remember correctly the sun wasn't the most cooperative during this time period either. More pics to come in the April update(s).
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)