My blustery trip was well-rewarded with 22 birds seen on the journey. Species in the water included American Coot, American Widgeon, Redhead, Bufflehead, Mallard, Green-wing Teal, Northern Shoveler, and Yellowlegs. Red-winged Blackbirds, Western Meadowlarks, and even a White-crowned Sparrow blew in for brief appearances. The Great-horned Owl, nesting along the road just east of town, huddled in her swaying nest, faithfully protecting her young.
I thought the Mountain Bluebirds had headed north last week, but they popped up again. Maybe the north wind blew them back from Wyoming!
It's great to see these birds coming in time for the Karval Mountain Plover Festival on April 24-26.
Spring firsts for this week:
- Common Grackles were seen in town.
- Burrowing Owls were heard calling in the fields.
- Sharp-shin Hawks were spotted in town.