Date: 3/20/21 9:31 am From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> Subject: [ia-bird] Smith's Longspurs at Chichaqua
Karen, Harney, and I took a little trip out to Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt this morning (Polk Co.). At the Swan Lake unit a walk through a grassy field produced around 25 SMITH'S LONGSPURS. We had plenty of decent looks at them in the air. They were predictably much less cooperative on the ground, though with perseverance and luck I actually got a brief scope view of two of them. It was nice to hear their vocalizations too.
We walked the dike through the forest along NW 118th. At the little parking area, two calling SANDHILL CRANES flew fairly low over us, a definite highlight of the morning. Other birds were unremarkable, but it was a nice morning to be outside.