Date: 1/2/19 9:48 am From: Shawneen Finnegan <shawneenfinnegan...> Subject: [obol] January 1st 5-MR patch birds including 5 species of Heron at Koll
Dave and I started our 5-mile radius challenge from our house yesterday with a bang. We pounded all day and saw 74 species, including all five species of herons that we could possibly expect to see this year.
Koll Center Wetlands hosted all five with American Bittern being the most unexpected and a first for us there. A photographer had asked Craig Tumer what it was and he, in turn, let us know about it. Craig, amongst many, is also participating in this fun challenge that Jen Sanford started several years ago.
The bittern was hunkered down along the banks in a spot that none of us would have seen without the fellow first spotting it. He was trying to photograph the Green Heron that was above it. We had already birded the lake and hadn’t spotted it. It was on the west side of the lake, east of the tennis courts close to the corner where the lake bends north. We also heard that the Black-crowned Night-Heron had been seen within the past week at the little pond south the lake where it has been the past few years. One had to walk in on the path along the south edge of the pond to see it as it was NE across the pond towards the parking lot. We couldn’t spot it at all from the parking lot even though we knew where it was.
We also found 1-2 Swamp Sparrows in Greenway Park just north of Scholls Ferry Road.
It was a very fun way to start the year and I am excited to see what we discover in our local area.