Date: 4/9/17 7:06 pm From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> Subject: [ia-bird] Pasqueflower walk with birds
This afternoon at the Waterman Prairie complex in O'Brien County a group explored the Hanging Valley wetland high above the Little Sioux River valley targeting pasqueflowers on native prairie slopes which were found in abundance. For those looking up instead of down three Smith's Longspurs left the short stubble in a field along the way, an early Swainson's Hawk soared past, and a Black-crowned Night-Heron flew to the far end of the wetland and then gave good scope views while standing between nesting geese on two rat houses. A pelican flock flew in, fished cooperatively and then soared up a thermal and away to entertain the crowd. Near an old wooden post alone on a hill owl pellet remnants were found but nothing fresh to indicate recent activity.