Date: 3/12/18 5:23 pm From: Jeff Harding <jeffharding...> Subject: [obol] 2 Say's Phoebes and 3 Mtn Bluebirds at Detroit Flats (Marion County)
I ran into Roy Gerig at Detroit Flats, in Marion County this morning. We walked out the Osprey Point trail to the stump farm area, where Roy had found a Say's Phoebe earlier. We found another Say's Phoebe, and had them both in view at the same time. They were joined by 3 Mountain Bluebirds, and then two bright male Western Bluebirds came in. There was a single Savanah Sparrow and a handful of Western Meadowlarks on the way out through the willows, but not much else of notes. It is remarkable to see two Say's Phoebes in Marion County, but seeing one out on Detroit Flats is fairly regular this time of year.
Otherwise, Detroit Lake had very few waterbirds. I did not see any ducks at Big Cliff Reservoir below Detroit Dam, only a few Canada Geese and a cormorant. There were no Goldeneye visible from the dam, either, though a Common Merganser flew up from below the spillway.
While I was on the dam, one of the fishermen there hooked a trout. As he was bringing it to the surface, a Great Blue Heron came over and grabbed it from his line, to the dismay of the fisherman. To the dismay of the Great Blue Heron, a Bald Eagle came over and tried to get the fish, making the heron drop it. Not very satisfying for anyone involved. An otter watched the whole thing, but didn't get involved.