[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
The birding had been going outstanding through end of April. Both myself and the county overall was well ahead of any previous high pace. Until this past week. A consistently steady wind from the north, and intermittent showers has really slowed things down. So much so that I am now 4 birds behind my best pace, as well as the county overall. Nothing outstanding has shown up since the Stilt. Semipalmated Plover and Forster's Terns being the least likely.
The Plover is the last shorebird of note to show up to D DR S. It has been relatively quiet there with the same species from day to day. I have dipped on the Terns twice now. Maybe there will still be some chances if we get some more movement to come through.
The other birds of note that I was getting a little worried about were Gray-cheeked Thrush, Vesper Sparrow and Savannah Sparrow. Couldn't seem to be able to find these guys every time I tried. Enough trips to Woodland the Thrush turned up. Vesper and Savannah were found in the same spot, on a road I randomly turned down. The Vesper was up on the power line, and I assumed its as a Red-winged or Bluebird. When it flew down I saw the white tail feathers. I backed up, it was on a post, looked at me, sang once and then flew off. Purple Finch was also a bird I was worried about, but I managed to find one up in the trees of my yard, and then another out at the airport. Both females.
On 4/19 I had a very late cismontanus Junco. On 4/24 I was trying to find Brewer's Blackbirds and trying to snap some pics for candidates. Ran into yet another dark-eyed Rusty Blackbird. That would be the second one this year. Some early April records were Least Sandpipers at D DR S, Blackburnian Warbler and the Plover being firsts for April in the County.
I escaped Chaos for the first week in May and things were humming along until we hit a stalled cold front that kept winds out of the North for an extended period. 23 FOY birds from May 1 to May 4, then May 5-May 10 were only 1 FOY each day. Then Chaos hit me with biologics again and I've been limited to 2 FOY birds in the yard this past weekend 5/15-5/16. I quickly slipped behind my best pace and am in a position to have to try to make up a bunch in the fall. My goal of hitting 200 by end of May is shot at this point.
I did manage 2 more Yard Birds with a Northern Waterthrush and Lincoln's Sparrow on 5/6 and 5/14. Not entirely unexpected birds, but nice to finally find after all this time.
I never realized Sandhill Cranes had red hearts on their heads.
Plenty of early warblers all over the place
Some of the better shots I've been able to take of Blue-winged Warbler, Northern Parula x2, and American Redstart.
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My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)