Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Early Savannah Sparrow at Camas Centennial Marsh

In early April we took a trip to Rexburg to see our families, and made a stop along the way at Camas Centennial Marsh, near Hill City off of Highway 20. It’s still early for most of the birds that will call this place home for the summer, but there were a few things starting to show up.

Sandhill Cranes were fairly abundant, and several Long-billed Curlews were present as well.

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Sandhill Crane at Camas Centennial Marsh, Camas County. April 2, 2015.

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Long-billed Curlew at Camas Centennial Marsh, Camas County. April 2, 2015.

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Sandhill Cranes at Camas Centennial Marsh, Camas County. April 2, 2015.

Brewer’s Blackbirds and Mountain Bluebirds were among the more common birds along the road.

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Brewer’s Blackbird at Camas Centennial Marsh, Camas County. April 2, 2015.

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Mountain Bluebird (female) at Camas Centennial Marsh, Camas County. April 2, 2015.

We also had several pairs of Cinnamon Teals. They’re fairly common during spring migration but always captivating to see.

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Cinnamon Teals at Camas Centennial Marsh, Camas County. April 2, 2015.

Along the road into the main part of the marsh we caught this Savannah Sparrow mid-dust bath. They’re not uncommon at all out here, but this one was a little early.

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Savannah Sparrow at Camas Centennial Marsh, Camas County. April 2, 2015.

On the way back to the highway we also had our first-of-year Swainson’s Hawk.

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Swainson’s Hawk at Camas Centennial Marsh, Camas County. April 2, 2015.

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