This is the twenty-fourth survey for the 2018 season. Temperatures
ranged from 46 F to 69 F with clear skies and calm winds.
Total species for the year remains at 137 with no new species today.
Total individuals counted today were 10,141 in 50 species. Last count
there were 4,256 in 52 species. There were 13 species of waterfowl.
SHOREBIRDS AND WADERS:
Shorebird species continue to migrate through in small numbers, but
less than last week;
1 – Killdeer, 4- Spotted Sandpiper, 8 – Bairds Sandpipers, 6 -
Wilson’s Phalaropes, and 16 – Red-necked Phalaropes. All ponds
have very high water, and I suspect that birds are continuing to fly
south looking for suitable habitat. The typical large mudflat on ARCO
Pond 3 at the south end is not expected to develop this year. Ground
water is just to high.
BIRDS OF INTEREST:
Besides the shorebirds, there were 1,082 Mallards, 444 Lesser Scaup,
and 7,953 American Coot. One Sora was seen. Passerines of interest
were; 1 – Gray Catbird, 1 – Orange-crowned Warbler, and 1 –
34 species, and 9,348 individuals. This made up 93% of the total
10 species, and 120 individuals. This made up 2% of the total birds.
JOB CORPS PONDS
9 species, and 74 individuals. This made up 1% of the total birds.
DUCKS UNLIMITED PONDS
17 species, and 599 individuals. This made up 6% of the total birds.