[birding] Finley NWr Willet, Red-shouldered Hawks, etc.
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Sun Aug 11 11:11:10 PDT 2013
Jenna Curtis, Oscar Harper and I headed down to Finley NWR this morning. Overall, things were rather quiet, but we did find a few good birds. Here are some of our highlights:
At Cabell Marsh, we found a number of shorebirds, including one cooperative WILLET, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and a small group of peeps, including ca. 20 LEAST, 5-6 WESTERN and 1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. There were 10 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS on the marsh, and at least 5 AMERICAN BITTERNS scattered along the edge. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK perched on a snag directly above one of the bitterns. Ducks on the marsh included a couple of HOODED MERGANSER families, a lone RING-NECKED DUCK and an early AMERICAN WIGEON.
Along Bruce Road, we encountered 2 additional RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, and a third bird was calling at McFadden Marsh. A PEREGRINE FALCON made an unsuccessful swoop at the 1000+ assorted swallows over McFadden Marsh, causing quite a stir in the air!
A fun morning, and nice to bird under cool cloud cover for a change. Fall is just around the corner ....
Hendrik G. Herlyn
"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."
-- Gary Snyder
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