I posted my 180th bird sighting for the year today, my best year ever and it’s only 2/3rds gone. My previous best was 171 back in 2013 and that year we took trips to the coast and to Missouri to see birds (okay, my parents live in Missouri,) and we didn’t get to the coast this year, yet. There has been a couple of factors in the increased count for this year; the lake filled up considerably in the last two years and I have a kayak to get out on the lake and into the otherwise inaccessable areas that the birds like to stay in. Oh, BTW, the newest sighting is a Willet. I’ve seen them before, just not this year, and I wasn’t able to get a picture of it, unfortunately.
So, anyway, heres a few photos from the last 10 days, some from Meredith and some from a hike I took at Buffalo Lake NWR south of here. There isn’t any lake left thats big enough to float a kayak in but it is pretty marshy in spots.
Western Kingbird and Red-winged Blackbird female squabbling over a perch
Female Orchard Oriole (I think, could be a Bullock’s)
Great Blue Heron
Juvenile Turkey Vulture
Western Grebes and chicks. There was eleven of them all together, but no Clark’s Grebes.
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake