Date: 3/20/17 9:30 pm From: Nathaniel Behl <behlx008...> Subject: More evidence of spring
Hey Everyone, I headed out to the plains lakes outside of Laramie this evening and saw yet more new spring arrivals including lots of personal firsts for the year.
After getting distracted by a flock of bluebirds along the road, I headed for Blake's Pond where the waterfowl diversity was good, though abundance was low. I was happy to finally turn one of those pesky scaup into a Greater and see a small flock of pelicans on the beach, but the main highlight happened as I was getting ready to leave.
A passing Golden Eagle flushed up a flock of geese and with it, the unmistakable trumpeting of a few Sandhills. Fortunately they didn't fly far before landing and I followed them north to Gelattt only to discover a flock of coots and with it, a Marsh Wren singing in front of the parking lot. My attempt to leave was interrupted a second time by a few ravens harassing a Bald Eagle in the distance, and a nice adult male Northern Harrier that flew in close and nabbed a vole beside the road.
It sounds like there's lots of other good stuff moving in too, so good birding everyone.