Yesterday we had 13 birders partake in the Sioux Falls Bird Club field trip, visiting various wetlands within Sioux Falls and in western Minnehaha County. It was a beautiful day with little wind, and we found 80 species. One particular highlight included Common Loons at three different locations (Lake Lorraine and the westside Sanford Wellness Center in Sioux Falls, and Wall Lake west of town); we've definitely had more loons observed in the Sioux Falls area this spring than in past years. Wall Lake also had a Horned Grebe and an Osprey.
There were a few Swamp Sparrows at Dewey Gevik, and Savannah and Vesper Sparrows have come back to the area in numbers as well. At Grass Lake, there were a few Forster's Terns, and we got some fleeting views of five White-faced Ibises at the shooting club on the opposite side of the road.
Shorebirds were pretty few and far between, but we did see Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, surprisingly few Killdeer, a Spotted Sandpiper, and three American Avocets (thanks to Terry Sohl for directions to those). Hopefully they are still on their way.
Our next club outing will be to Union Grove State Park near Beresford on Saturday, May 12.
Chris Anderson Sioux Falls, SD
Full species list for the day:
Snow Goose Greater White-fronted Goose Canada Goose Wood Duck Blue-winged Teal Northern Shoveler Gadwall American Wigeon Mallard Northern Pintail Canvasback Redhead Ring-necked Duck Lesser Scaup Bufflehead Common Goldeneye Hooded Merganser Common Merganser Red-breasted Merganser Ruddy Duck Ring-necked Pheasant Common Loon Pied-billed Grebe Horned Grebe Double-crested Cormorant American White Pelican Great Blue Heron Great Egret White-faced Ibis Turkey Vulture Osprey Northern Harrier Bald Eagle Red-tailed Hawk (Krider's) American Coot American Avocet Killdeer Spotted Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs Ring-billed Gull Franklin's Gull Forster's Tern Rock Pigeon Eurasian Collared-Dove Mourning Dove Belted Kingfisher Downy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Northern Flicker American Kestrel Eastern Phoebe Blue Jay American Crow Purple Martin Tree Swallow Barn Swallow Black-capped Chickadee White-breasted Nuthatch American Robin European Starling Cedar Waxwing Orange-crowned Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Chipping Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Vesper Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Song Sparrow Lincoln's Sparrow Swamp Sparrow Northern Cardinal Yellow-headed Blackbird Western Meadowlark Red-winged Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird Common Grackle House Finch American Goldfinch House Sparrow