Spring Birding

At 7:45 yesterday morning I went out for some birding, hoping to find some warblers and shorebirds.

I walked to the alkaline lake behind our house, only a five-minute walk away. On the way there I saw 10+ Tree Swallows, one pair of Barn Swallows, eight Savannah Sparrows, two Clay-colored Sparrows, four Black-billed Magpies, two Western Meadowlarks, a flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds, and one Yellow rumped Warbler.

When I got to the lake I saw two Green-winged Teals, four Northern Shovelers, two Lesser Yellowlegs and two Mallards. On one of the sandbars was a Semipalmated Plover, a life bird for me. It flew away to another sandbar and where there were two other Semipalmated Plovers. I tried to take a photo of them but my camera batteries were dead. I quickly ran to the house to grab new ones and ran back. I was very lucky that there were still there! Also with the plovers were three Baird’s Sandpipers, two Spotted Sandpipers, four American Avocets, one Solitary Sandpiper, and one Killdeer. When I got back to the house I looked at the feeders and saw a female American Goldfinch.

I had a very productive morning with lots of shorebirds, but a little low on warblers, so I hope to find some new warblers soon.

A Semipalmated Plover,

The Semipalmated Plover and Baird’s Sandpiper,

Can you see the plovers and sandpiper?

Two species of plovers,

5 thoughts on “Spring Birding

  1. I agree with DreamFalcon, that was an amazing walk – what a wonderful way to start the day! lucky you to have a lake so near by to see shore birds as well as all the others.
    My big sighting on Sunday was a beautiful mature bald eagle in flight – such a glorious bird – on the return here in Ontario apparently and we have a nest which is a first for this area.
    Wishing you luck in finding more warblers.

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