Yesterday I visited a number of sites in Dickinson County, none of which required me to wear my mask as protection against Covidiots. There were 420+ Franklin's Gulls on a wetland near the landfill. Half a dozen Black Terns were flying over another wetland in Spring Run. At Little Swan Lake marsh the pair of Trumpeter Swans had six cygnets. There were usual shorebirds in unusual numbers on the mudflats with the Little Swan Lake drawdown. There were 67 Least Sandpipers, 51 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 8 Solitary Sandpipers (none of which were with another one). Killdeer with lots of young were hosting a huge summer camp conference!
The drawdown starting at West Hottes Lake was a haven for Great Blue Herons from some nearby rookery. It is the only place I have seen Forster's Terns this summer and one was flying about and fishing. I will have to walk back in to the north end with my scope sometime soon. At Grover's Lake there was a female Hooded Merganser with nine merganserlings, and molting males of Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck. I saw lots of Mallard fledgling groups but have not seen any Blue-winged Teal which is odd.