Date: 3/16/17 7:21 pm From: Bill Tice <ticebill7...> Subject: [obol] Early Birds
Hi All, I birded around Polk County some today. At the Monmouth Sewage Ponds were 1 Cliff Swallow and 1 N Rough-winged Swallow. There may have been 2 of each of these but I could never see two at the same time. Also present was a Bonaparte's Gull. The Barrow's Goldeneye which was first found on 1-12 is still there. There were also 4 male Greater Scaup.
At BSNWR I found one Acorn Woodpecker. This is only the 2nd or 3rd time I have seen such there. Also, on the loop trail were 2 Orange-crowned Warblers.
I then headed up to Bald Mt and about 2 miles before the gate I heard a Pygmy Owl. On top were 2 Gray Jays and a few Mt Quail calling in the area.
A nice day, and finally some sunshine and no rain!
-- Bill Tice
Birding: The best excuse for getting outdoors, and, for avoiding chores