[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Got some nice make-up birds this week as we had some rain come through, and it filled the fluddle back up on R DR N. Amy Lyyski had 4 American Golden-Plovers reported there. I headed out as soon as I could from a previous appointment I had. Took me 20 minutes, but I finally located them well up from the water. Sure was nice to get a second chance on this bird after it being so long since the last sighting.
I also headed out Duck Lake on 10/5 and the 23 Mile Road Fluddle on 10/5 hoping maybe something new would show up with very little luck. 10/9 I hit up Homer really just hoping for some odd duck as I didn't want to go to Duck Lake. The weather was so warm I was sure it would just be packed with people still. A Surf Scoter was photographed there on the 9th, but when I hit up on the 12th after catching the Plovers it was very sparse. Franklin's Gulls had pushed through the area, and I had something that was quite darker backed and looked smaller than the RBGU, but no way to tell what it really was. It was such bad lighting it could just have been an odd angle on a Ring-billed Gull.
Only other highlight was the same day seeing the Plovers, a shorebird, I had a FOS Dark-eyed Junco in the yard. Odd contrast of a shorebird and a winter bird on the same day. Here is hoping that some of the great bird Mojo can continue the rest of the year. The Surf Scoter isn't confirmed on eBird yet, but that would put the county at 221 for the year, and 228 for last 12 months. For me, every bird still available to get for FOY are going to flag as rare except Pine Siskin. Still will take some effort to get to 210.
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My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)