Thursday, May 22, 2014

First shorebirds of the year at Indian Creek Reservoir

In early April we had a quick evening trip out to Indian Creek Reservoir to check for any early season shorebirds. There wasn’t a lot yet, but we were pleased to find a pair of Greater Yellowlegs and a single Black-necked Stilt.

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Greater Yellowlegs at Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 4, 2014.

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Black-necked Stilt and a pair of Greater Yellowlegs at Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 4, 2014.

Waterfowl were definitely still dominating, with several hundred ducks of probably a dozen different species covering much of the reservoir.

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Mixed waterfowl at Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 4, 2014.

As always the resident “Marsh Hawks” (Northern Harriers) were out and about.

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Northern Harrier at Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada County. April 4, 2014.

After Indian Creek Reservoir we swung by the Burrowing Owls on South Cole Road again. In past years we’ve seen as many as 8 along this road, so even though we found a pair last week we have been keeping an eye on the area every now and then to see if we can find any more. So far, we’ve only been able to find the one pair.

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Burrowing Owls on South Cole Road, Ada County. April 4, 2014.

Even though we only found one pair so far, we did see them working on making more owls as the lights went out.

Burrowing Owls on South Cole Road, Ada County. April 3, 2014.

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