Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Stuck in the mud at Lake Lowell

On September 4th we made another trip out to Lake Lowell. With fall migration picking up, we were hoping to find some nice shorebirds on the mudflats near the lower dam area. There were plenty of birds, but most of them were gulls on this trip.

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Lake Lowell lower dam area, Canyon County. September 4, 2013.

Hoping to get a better view, we tried walking out on the mud. There were a couple of areas where canals were draining into the reservoir, creating rivers through the mud that were difficult to cross, so we didn’t get as close as we had hoped to. We did have a Great Egret, quite a few Western Sandpipers and Killdeers, plus a Semipalmated Plover.

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Great Egret at Lake Lowell, Canyon County. September 4, 2013.

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Western Sandpipers and Killdeers at Lake Lowell, Canyon County. September 4, 2013.

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Semipalmated Plover and Killdeer at Lake Lowell, Canyon County. September 4, 2013.

At one point I did decide to venture a little further out on to the soft mud, and while it did net me one more nice picture of a pair of Least Sandpipers, it ended up getting me and Ellen stuck up to our knees in the mud.

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Least Sandpipers at Lake Lowell, Canyon County. September 4, 2013.

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Stuck in the mud at Lake Lowell, Canyon County. September 4, 2013.

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