Last Saturday, my local naturalist society held its annual May species count. I’ve gone a few other years at 5 am or so, and I was asked this year if I’d be able to join the club president then. But with our beef club achievement day, show and sale the next two days, I needed to get as much rest as possible. So I started counting birds at 9 am instead and saw some good birds, though I missed a few common ones such as House Wrens, American Coots, and Barn Swallows.
Chris told me later that he had seen a Blackpoll Warbler earlier in the morning — it would have been a life bird for me. I was a little disappointed I didn’t get to see it, but I did get an extra three hours of sleep!
I had a good walk and saw 32 species in three hours with two first of season birds: Cedar Waxwings and Spotted Sandpiper.
I aways have so much fun doing this count and can’t wait to see what I get next year!
A flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls were feeding near the edge of the river and here’s one (digiscoped),
A Tree Swallow on a no trail riding sign,
A view of the river,
I’m not quite sure what species of Dragonfly this is,
A Song Sparrow (digiscoped),
A beautiful Canadian Tiger Swallowtail,
A Franklin’s Ground Squirrel (digiscoped),
I saw quite a few Double-crested Cormorants on my walk (digiscoped),
An interestingly colored American Wigeon (digiscoped),
A pair of Mallards (digiscoped),