Date: 4/25/18 3:14 am From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton...> Subject: SW 14th Street Wetlands (HV)
I ran down to the SW 14th Street Wetlands last PM in Newton (HV) as the cold front was making itself known. I tallied 6 species of ducks (Mallard, Wood, Blue-winged, Green-winged, Ring-necked, and Northern Shoveler). Shorebirds are hard to spot on the wetlands due to distance. Rules related to the occasional emergency release of "product" from the waste water treatment plant keep one from being able to get on the property proper. Most shorebird seen were on Sand Creek along side the wetlands and included Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and a good mix of Wilson's Phalaropes. There were about 40 shorebirds that flew over that i could not ID. Swallows along the creek included Barn, Northern Rough-winged, Tree and Cliff Swallows. I had FOS Chimney Swifts over the creek also. The most amazing animal was a very large beaver doing self grooming out in the shallows of the wetlands. I thought he was a tree stump at first.