Around the county

The last two days I have traveled the county looking for new arrivals.  I hit all the major water bodies and some of the Grassland areas, as well as the Bashakill today.  All the water has waterfowl of one type or another.  While there were no exceptional birds, there was a nice assortment.  Common Loon, American Wigeon, Ruddy Duck, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe and of course Mallards, Black and Wood Ducks were all seen.  The grasslands near Villa Roma had the usual suspects with some Horned Lark and American Pipits the highlight.  Back at the Bashakill, I had my FOS Fox Sparrows and American Tree Sparrow.  Though hunting has driven out most of the waterfowl, 44 AMERICAN COOT  continue off the Birch Trail.  Both Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Palm Warbler (Scott Baldinger) continue there as well.  The Deli Fields were jumping today with an abundance of Song and Chipping Sparrows, the later now getting late.  American Goldfinches and many Eastern Bluebirds continue as well.  A dozen Rusty Blackbirds were among the many Red-winged Blackbirds too.  A pair of Winter Wrens are quite entertaining.  Scott, Karen Miller and I enjoyed a nice morning along the Birch Trail!

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