Monday, May 2, 2011

Western Meadowlark, Findlay Reservors

UPDATE:  As of May 5, 2011 at about 8PM, there were at least two Western Meadowlarks on oposite side the #2 boat launch. One where I previously decribed and another singing about 100ft south of the launch.

Typically I don't try to bird the exact same location multiple days in a row, but to be honest, the birding has been way too good to ignore.
Jeff Loughman and I headed out to the Reservoirs to try to relocate the Marbled Godwits.  We could not, and it appears that most of the ducks on the Findlay Reservoirs also moved on.  That's not to say we didn't get anything worthwhile.
On SR568, in a flooded field just west of the Blanchard River we observed 2 Willets and a Greater Yellowlegs, as well as three or four dozen Bonaparte's Gulls.  These are apparently the same two Willets that Jill Taber observed earlier in the day.
At the parking lot to #2 (the large reservoir), we heard the very distinctive song of a Western Meadowlark.  Upon searching, we found a probable second memeber of this species.  Breeding??
From the parking lot, the bird was found along the dike roughly thirty yards to the north.

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