Date: 7/12/17 2:28 pm From: Terry Butler <twbutler1941...> Subject: Bald Knob NWR
Went birding at the refuge today. There are beginning to be more shorebirds. Last Saturday there were maybe a dozen Least sandpipers and a dozen White pelicans, also the most Black-necked stilts I've seen at one time (150+). Today there were 3 Foster's terns, maybe a dozen Black-necked stilts, 300+ White pelicans, 100+ Least sandpipers, 1 Semipalamated sandpiper, 1 Pectoral, a dozen or so Yelllowlegs, and the usual Herons and Egrets. Also a Northern Shoveler, a few Mallards, a female Hooded Merganser, a few Mississippi Kites, and a good look at a Barred owl and Black-crowned night heron. I have seen very few Indigo Buntings, and Dickcissel's on the refuge this entire season. They are lower in great numbers. Maybe too much water in the spring at nesting time.