Thursday, June 27, 2013

Indian Creek Reservoir and Blacks Creek Reservoir

Towards the end of April we had a few more trips to Indian Creek Reservoir and Blacks Creek Reservoir. Turnover on these reservoirs was significant for the whole month of April, with the mix of birds being quite different each day. We were finding FOY birds every time we visited. Since Indian Creek Reservoir is so close to the highway it’s a convenient place to add to any trip heading east of town.

During this trip, the Great Egrets we’d seen the week before were still present, and Great Blue Heron numbers were much higher.

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Great Egret at Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

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Great Blue Herons and Great Egret at Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 28, 2013.

An Osprey was diving for prey in the shallow water. It amazes me they can hunt in such shallow water without injuring themselves on the ground beneath the water.

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Osprey at Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts were probably the most numerous shorebirds.

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American Avocets at Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

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Black-necked Stilts at Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

A Solitary Sandpiper was probably the best bird of the trip.

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Solitary Sandpiper and Killdeer at Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

Blacks Creek Reservoir was a great stop. We saw much more than we were able to photograph, including our FOY Gray Partridge. This was the first time we’d actually walked out to a good viewpoint of the reservoir. We’ve scoped edges of the reservoir from the road before, but didn’t realize how much more there was to see.

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Blacks Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

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Blacks Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

There were several Caspian Terns on the shoreline, one with quite an impressive collection of leg bands.

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Caspian Tern at Blacks Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

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Caspian Tern at Blacks Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

We also had California Gull, Eared Grebe, and a Swainson’s Hawk.

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California Gull at Blacks Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

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Eared Grebe at Blacks Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 27, 2013.

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Swainsons Hawk at Blacks Creek Reservoir, Ada county. April 27, 2013.

At this point in the month we were getting more and more excited for songbird migration to pick up. Waterfowl and shorebird migration are great times of the year, but getting new birds by dialing in on tiny specks hundreds of yards away is not quite as satisfying as having warblers singing all around you in the woods.

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