Date: 5/4/18 7:10 pm From: Candace H <candace69001...> Subject: [ia-bird] Van Buren County Eastern Whippoorwill @ Lacey-Keo SP
West of the west entrance to Lacey at least 3 E. Whippoorwills (FOY) were heard. One was closer, one more faint. Every year at this time, I find them here. I submitted my ebird report of 2 birds, then a third one started calling north of the road in a different location. Park at shelter house or gate house at night fall and listen.
A Barred Owl called as well. Looking forward to birding VBC this weekend.
My FOY's at Mt Sterling tonight: Common Yellowthroats E. Kingbird Great Egret Also interesting at Mt. Sterling was listening to the male N. Shoveler do it's chuffing call. There were Lesser Yellowlegs seen and heard and other shorebirds not identifiable due to distance and low light. Saw one pair of nesting Trumpeters.
On Jersey Ave saw FOY, Common Nighthawk.
On Jersey road South of the Sugema entrance off of HWY 2 there was a Red Fox. He scurried to the weeds just off the road and then turned and stood and looked at me. I had stopped the car but he did not run away. This is often my experience with Red Fox for some reason. Had similiar thing happen in Lacey near shelter 2 years ago. It's kinda odd...but I love the experience... it's like there's an odd connection or something.