Date: 5/12/18 8:52 pm From: Daniel Mason <millipede1977...> Subject: update on city lake
I spent about half an hour there today just doing a short walk to check out the dickcissels. The grasses and other plants are still long/tall and I'd have to guesstimate at least 20 dickcissels there... My guess is that the city will still mow eventually. I can't imagine the city will leave it tall very long. Can't say for sure. Some of these birds looked like they were being territorial... female perched and one male chasing another away. The assumption, I think, and what one would hope would be, is that the lower, and wet, prairie type area would be a decent home for them. But that area... well, thankfully they have actual signs up for that and another area saying it's for butterfly habitat and not to mow. But this area doesn't have as much tall green grasses and the dickcissels are ALL in the area that would typically be mowed. I'm not sure what, if anything, can be done there. One day, that's supposed to be a disc golf course... Til then, they try to "maintain" it.
Field trip there next Saturday. Should be a good day. There haven't been a TON of warblers there yet but I'm not usually out there in the morning either. Did find baltimore and orchard orioles today. The cliff swallows were LOVING the field... normally I see those at the other end of the lake. Eastern kingbirds, scissor-tailed flycatchers... and some of my favorite regulars, red-headed woodpeckers, and pileated, and a common yellowthroat flew right over me singing.
Should be a good trip Saturday. The grasses are high, for now, which will be good for some of the birds. The trail they've put in since last year is a little rough in spots but is an actual trail so you can easily bird without getting into the weeds. For those that might make it, if you're interested... here's a printable checklist from Ebird of all the birds that have been reported there in the past. Some are rare and some are seasonal but, the printable checklist is one of many cool features on Ebird. :) https://ebird.org/printableList?regionCode=L635775&yr=all&m=