Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
I almost wasn't going to go out today, due to some heavy duty moving around of my office and studio, but the sunshine was just too tempting. We had a good dumping of rain yesterday, so I thought I would just try the flooded field on 23 Mile Road on my way to make the WTP rounds (Duck Lake, Homer and Tekonsha. White-rumped Sandpipers were still being reported North and South of here. I was surprised to see that the deeper pond, that 2 months ago had housed a Pied-billed Grebe and some Teal was now almost nonexistent. I could see some movement, and upon getting my scope on it I could see 5 Pectoral Sandpipers along with a few Killdeer. Not bad, but I decided to keep looking. Scanning North a little more I ran in to another Pectoral, and a slightly smaller Peep that had a promising profile to it. Long wings, black legs and not buffy like a Baird's Sandpiper. It was indeed a first for Calhoun County White-rumped Sandpiper!!! Finally after what seems like forever with these guys showing up all around, this little flooded field comes through one last time.
I decided to still check out Duck Lake and theWTP at Duck Lake. Duck Lake offered little besides a large group of American Coots. Upon arriving at the WTP I was pleasantly surprised by how far drawn down the water was on the East pond. I thought for sure there would be some more shorebirds present. Alas, it was not to be. Nothing by some Killdeer that flew out with some Starlings when I pulled in, and a handful hanging around the pond. I thought I was hearing and seeing some American Pipits but without my bins, and the bright backlit sun I was unable to get good looks. I caught one bird heading North towards the Farm Field, snapped a pic and turned out to be an American Pipit. Turned out to be a new bird for this location.
I decided to not hit up Homer, or Tekonsha, and headed back home. The Dunlin and White-rumped Sandpiper had disappeared about 15 minutes into the 20 minutes I was at 23 Mile Road, so I swung back by for another quick look. Nothing but the Pectorals and Killdeer were there. I now regret hitting up Homer as Tom Pavlik had 4 of the White-rumped Sandpipers there around the same time I would have arrived there. Dr. Dale Kennedy, later in the day, also had the first Snow Goose of the year for the county. The Snow Goose would have been a nice pickup for the year. Especially when I consider that last year at this time I was only 1 bird ahead of where I am at this year (it will be 2 birds tomorrow).
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)