Thursday, May 3, 2007
Pleasant morning, sort of lackluster birding
I'm not sure if I'm remembering all the birds we saw this morning, but my total is only 30 species. But we had some splendid looks at them--pretty close up views of a small flock of Greater Scaup with one lone Lesser among them, a gorgeous if uncooperative Horned Grebe (they apparently do not approve of paparazzi!), a nice little Brown Creeper, and, perhaps most beautiful of all though it was pretty far away, a huge flock of terns--I'm 90% certain they were Common Terns--banking and wheeling and twinkling in the sun. It was cold and windy--only 36 degrees when I left home, so people were pretty shivery by the end of the morning.
I'm leaving town for a couple of weeks, so Larry and Jan Kraemer, who are excellent birders and have a splendid Swarovski spotting scope, will be leading the Warbler Walks till I get back. This year I didn't get around to sending out any press releases, so attendance hasn't been too big and they've been lots of fun! Come and join us--Tuesdays at 6:30 am at the Western Waterfront Trail parking lot across from the zoo and just west of the TappaKeg Inn and Bar on Grand Avenue, and Thursdays at 6:30 am at Park Point at the big parking lot by the soccer fields and recreation building.
Laura Erickson at 9:37 PM