Thank you, Jack Chiles,
for the photos below.
April 6: Bird Census Results
Today was a cloudy, windy morning, starting out cool but warming up later in the day. Early on in the day we had a close flyby Peregrine Falcon while we were driving down Wildlife Drive. There were good numbers of shorebirds in Muleshoe and Steedman Marsh. A standout was an early season Marbled Godwit in Steedman Marsh. Pectoral Sandpipers were abundant with a total of 135 for the day. Baird's Sandpiper count was 113. Long-billed Dowitchers were also abundant.. In a field near the far side of Short Road we saw 24 Upland Sandpipers our first of the season. Near Brooke's Farm we saw a Swainson's Hawk sitting in a tree near the road and another one near the end of the road to Meadow Pond. Lucy was sitting on her favorite pole. We found a couple of Wood Ducks on a small pool on the far west side of the refuge. Two of the Cinnamon Teal were still present in Mineral Marsh along with a good variety of ducks including, 14 Redhead. 13 American Wigeon, a Northern Pintail and many Blue-winged Teal. We saw a Broad-winged Hawk at Meadow Pond. We finished the day with 83 species. Today's photos, Swainson's Hawk, Lucy, the Bald Eagle, Marbled Godwit and Marbled Godwit.
Lucy the Bald Eagle
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