An early morning trip to Pintail Wetland in Hardin Co. and the new (still unnamed) nearby wetland north of D15 netted 40 prairie/wetland species. Some highlights:
Pintail Wetland - R ave.
Upland Sandpiper - one or two wolf-whistling from the plowed field to the west
Sedge wren - north of the deck, earliest for me
Snow geese - 2
Western and Eastern Meadowlarks - wonder if they hybridize here?
Savannah Sparrow - back in force
Swamp Sparrows - abundant
The new area
Gray Partridge - 2
Lapland longspurs - quite a few
Smith’s longspurs - 12 or more
Pectoral sandpipers - about 50 out in the short grass
Wilson’s snipe - the most I have ever seen, 50-100
Vesper Sparrow - singing (or was it cussing) in the ear of a female cowbird 6 inches away.
Many painted lady butterflies
An observation tower is being built at Pintail next to the deck.
The new prairie wetland area off D15 has been seeded to prairie with the wetland construction delayed until fall which will add 80 acres of water/wetland to the site. The mowed fields are good for longspurs now and were last year at this same time.