Date: 4/20/19 10:48 am From: newtja84 <newtja84...> Subject: [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwits and American Golden Plovers Humboldt County
A small flock of 12 Hudsonian Godwits were seen foraging this afternoon on the northside of the private half of Banwart's Prairie (near Ottosen) today, this morning a flock of about 20 American Golden Plovers were observed loafing around the same area (the Plovers moved further east about 300 yards to a grassier spit of mud). Also present were numerous Greater Yellowlegs, and the normal collection of dabbling ducks (mostly shoveler, blue-winged teal, gadwall and mallard).
The 'closed road' south of Bradgate was sporting a river flooded field that also held some shorebirds though nothing staggering mostly yellowlegs, some semipalmated and least sandpipers. The Potholes were mostly quiet sporting almost exclusively American Coots. There are some wetlands that have formed in the southeast half of the new Three Rivers WMA east of Thor as well, but they were mostly quiet but show some promise in the future especially this year as the DNR seemed to have burned the surrounding grass to create 'muddy flats' around the small wallows. It is reminiscent (on a much smaller scale of course) of some of the wallow topography on the East side of Big Wall Lake (the Dinsmore Tract).