My family and I took a nice long hike around Baskett Slough NWR early this morning. We started at the main parking lot along Coville Rd and hiked up over the butte, to the inter-tie trail, and then did the full loop around the Morgan Lake/Moffitti Marsh trail and then back. All together the hike was about 4.4 miles.
The best bird was a pair of Black Terns. I saw them once from near Morgan Lake, and then they seemed more settled later at Moffitti Marsh. We also saw a Green Heron at Morgan Lake. The whole loop goes thru a nice variety of habitat. Moffitti Marsh had a pair of Black-necked Stilts, plus a bunch of canada geese. Horned Larks sang out in a few different spots. A Yellow-breasted Chat sang from the dense swampy brush south of Moffitti Marsh. Moffitti marsh has fairly shallow water right now, and if it got just a little lower, I think it might end up being really nice for shorebird season. The east end of the trail near Morgan Lake also seemed to be a nice open habitat that would be fun to walk repeatedly thru May/June.
Is it likely the Black Terns are breeding there, being present this late? I also saw/heard Acorn woodpeckers in a couple different spots. I don't think these used to be around the refuge much?
At a quick stop at the Narrows (Taverner's Marsh area), there were at least 3 Green Herons, one which was on the railing just a dozen feet from the road. Plus a Sora walking around on the mud flats in the canal. Sure fun to see!