Date: 5/9/17 6:47 am From: Devin Moon <moondevg...> Subject: Lake Columbia
Yesterday evening I birded around the northern parts of Lake Columbia (Columbia Co.), just northwest of Magnolia. This is a shallow lake with lots of snags and emergent vegetation galore. Probably the best bird, the surprise that should not have been a surprise, was a Purple Gallinule. The lake looks like it would be a great place for both gallinules. However, this is the first time in my 3 years of birding this lake to find one of the gallinules. The only one I did find came flying out at me after I played a Sora call.
I scanned the lake to see what else I was missing and found an Anhinga and Double-crested Cormorants. There were several Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets, and a lone Great Blue Heron. The woods were full of songs. A Magnolia Warbler was singing softly from willow oaks near the lake. It was drowned out by Orchard Orioles which were subsequently drowned out by an uproar of Green Treefrogs. Moving away from the cacophony of frogs (cricket, cope's gray, bronze, green, leopard, and bullfrog all contributing), I got to a calmer part of the lake and could hear a Wood Thrush singing away. A Prairie Warbler sang from the edge of a recent clear cut. Pine and Yellow-throated Warbles sang from the pine-oak forest.