Birding in Calhoun County and beyond
It has been 2 weeks since the Merlin sighting, and nothing rare has popped up that has been chaseable. Nelson's Sparrows have showed up throughout the state, and I made an attempt today to look for those. I unfortunately missed probably the best spot at Marl Lake Road to look for them, so that will be a stop tomorrow morning. Overall today was a great start to October. 61 birds seen today, breaking the 51 I saw back in 2014 as a day high for October. Sparrows have shown up in force today. 8 different species of sparrows on the day, including multiple Lincoln's Sparrows. Lots of wannabe Clay-coloreds, that were either Field Sparrows or Chipping Sparrows. My first "good" looks at a Winter Wren at Baker. Other highlights:
Besides today I was able to get some birding in the last weekend of September. Some decent flocks of warblers over that weekend, but nothing like I had in 2014 at Woodland. First of season Black-and-white Warbler, Pine Warbler, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Really no other highlights beyond that. I thought I might have had an American Pipit at Kellogg Airport, but it was too far away to know for sure. Still have my fingers crossed I should be able to get one here in the next few weeks. I will be hitting up Cranefest starting next weekend and through the whole time that it will be open. My hopes are maybe I can still pick up a Gallinule there (1 reported last year), and maybe Northern Pintail. The Cranefest site used to be the #1 hotspot in the County. It had a Glaucous Gull, and American Pipit in early October in 2005. Hopefully 1 or 2 more can pop up there for me yet this year. A good start to October has me hopeful for a strong finish to this Big Year.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)