Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
With shorebird migration in full swing the possibility of shorebirds is not looking good. Both WTP water levels are way too high. I did manage a single Least Sandpiper at Homer on 8/10. Beyond that it is the typical Killdeer, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers. No Yellowlegs yet or FOY Pectoral Sandpiper. The only FOY this past week was some Cliff Swallows at Duck Lake WTP. I knew eventually there or Homer they would show up mixed in with the other swallows. A Ruddy Duck at Duck Lake WTP is a decent bird for this time of the year.
Some really good days have me at 81 species already for the month. I'm going to try to shoot for 100. Will be nice to have the run from April to October of 100 species "Big" Months. Should be doable with some time off from Chaos. Shorebirds would certainly help the cause. Beyond finding 10 Great Egrets in the small pond on O DR N, the birding has been decent for variation, but nothing of great note.
I did run out to 23 and O DR N for an Olive-sided Flycatcher. I did not manage to find it, but I had this bird at Duck Lake WTP. It had the diagnostic white rump tufts of the Olive-sided, but then it was chased off by an Eastern Kingbird. From behind it screams Olive-sided Flycatcher at first glance.
Mothing has been very active, and I've been able to rapidly add to my iNaturalist lists. My first Tiger Moth being the highlight. Nice to see one of these and realize it was not a Painted Lichen.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)