Sunday, May 9, 2010

Findlay Reservoirs, White-rumped Sandpiper, BB Plover

The gale force winds from Saturday died down enough for Sunday to enjoy a walk out at the Findlay Reservoirs.  It was pretty quiet around 11:30am, but what few things out there made it all worthwhile.

Firstly, there was one, possibly two, White-rumped Sandpipers on the dike between both reservoirs.  I could kick myself; the one allowed me to get within 8 feet at one point.

There was also a Black-bellied Plover on the south dike in the extreme SE corner of #2 (the big one).  Oddly, the bird seemed to be hanging out with a pair of Ring-billed Gulls.

The immature Common Loon that has stayed out there all spring was still present.  Today he was tring out his song.  Very odd to here a loon cry in the middle of a bright, sunny day.  Still nice, though.

In the woods along the Blanchard River on the east side of the reservors, both species of Orioles were present, as well as a very persistently singing Northern Waterthrush.  In both areas, Chimeny Swifts and Barn Swallows were present by the dozens.

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