On Thursday, I mentioned to my wife that I was thinking of a weekend of birding. "You should definitely go. It's been quite a while since you went for a weekend." She is a wise woman.
Best sightings were the KC crew at Baker on Saturday morning. A pleasant group and expected interesting birds. Thank you to Mark Land and Malcolm Gold for leading.
I had noticed that I had not birded Jefferson County yet this year, so spent some time there on Saturday afternoon. I had a Peregrine Falcon fly across the lake and along the dam. I also found two Blue-headed Vireos - a bird that I don't see all that often.
For a while this morning, I birded Mission Lake and the Horton Area with Don Merz who helped me get some target birds. I had my first two flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers this fall in Brown County. One at Mission Lake and one at Pony Creek.
Since I need Franklin's Gull in both Brown and Nemaha Counties, it seemed like a good time to try for them but struck out both places.
A nice surprise at Sabetha City Lake was 4 dark ibis, Pectoral and Lesser Sandpipers, and both Yellowlegs. Apparently, it has been dry enough up that way that the lake was low enough to present some mud flat area.
It was a bit breezy for ideal birding today, but it still felt great to get out.