Friday, March 27, 2015

Trip report: Plains Lakes

The weather was great for our trip last weekend, but disappointingly the waterfowl were largely absent from the lakes. Ducks and gulls were moving through in good numbers earlier in the week, but the lakes were relatively empty on Saturday. But migration and the nesting season are ramping up--we were treated to views of Great Horned Owls on nests and recently returned Red-winged Blackbirds and Western Meadowlarks.

More migrants will be passing through in the next several weeks, and waterfowl migration is far from over.

In total we detected 33 species. Below are links to our eBird checklists and the species list for the day.

Blake's Pond
Meeboer Lake
Gelatt Lake
Twin Buttes Reservoir
Lake Hattie Reservoir
Hutton Lake NWR

Species List - 21 March 2015
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
American White Pelican
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Horned Owl
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
House Sparrow
Photos by Libby Megna.

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