Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Splendid morning!

Black-bellied Plovers


Semipalmated Plover

Common Tern

This may be a Least Sandpiper, but the yellow legs we saw in the field don't show up--that may make it a Semipalmated Sandpiper.

The goslings have hatched!

Herring Gull

Two plumages, same species

Song Sparrow

Two photos of a Lapland Longspur

Female Redhead

Tree Swallow

We saved dessert for last! Red-headed Woodpecker (there were two by the parking lot!)

Today was one of the DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDs--those dull, dark, dank, drippy, drizzly, Duluth days that birders delight in. The light was poor for identifying warblers, but we still had a nice variety, and had a smörgåsbord of shorebirds who were apparently enjoying a smörgåsbord of their own in the form of a dead deer washed up on the beach, along with the array of tasty maggots and other bugs gathered on it. We didn't get close enough for a photograph of the feast, which may be a good thing or a bad one depending on your sensibilities and point of view.

We didn't surpass Tuesday's 60 species, but came pretty close with 59:

Canada Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Common Tern
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Song Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole


  1. Dear Laura,
    Congratulations on the award! And it's a great photo of you 'for the archives', too.
    Your stint is a Least Sandpiper: leg color is hard to see in any case, but the heavily marked breast, bright rufous upperparts, and rather slender, droopy bill do it. I envy you all those shorebirds; the best sewage pond in Tucson is closed until next month, and who knows what we've missed out here!

  2. Love the song sparrow shot. It looks like it's contemplating where its life is going on while watching the waves crash to shore on the rocks of Lake Superior.