BOGS Walterville Reservoir Jan 28, 2016, Trip Report
I (Priscilla) did not go on the Walterville Bird Walk, but Don Delaufer did and he wrote a short commentary about the trip, so I will use that for our trip report. The weather was extremely gloomy and rainy that day, and in fact, only about a dozen birders braved the elements for that trip.
Fortunately, Don had gone to Walterville the day before the BOGS trip and took photos of some of the same birds under much better lighting conditions. Don decided, and I agreed, to include those photos because there were not many good photos from the day of the BOGS trip.
The remainder of the text in this report will be Don's commentary.
The day started out with heavy overcast and moderate rain. A couple of groups of Lesser Scaups were observed in the canal near the parking lot. Before we got more than 100 yards along the trail a Bald Eagle took off from the brush along the southeast edge of the pond area and flew over the pond, scaring off most of the waterfowl that were there.
Not too long after that everyone's optics began to fog up which made a difficult situation worse.
As luck would have it there was a male Belted Kingfisher in the brush at the east end of the pond area near the trail and it stayed put for quite a while allowing everyone to get a good look at it.
There were also numbers of sparrows, Juncos and at least one Northern Flicker in the same area. The rain let up slightly as we rounded the northeast corner of the pond area where we observed an Egret, Great Blue Heron and several Killdeer. In the distance we could see a number of Green-winged Teal feeding in the exposed mudflats.
Along the northern edge of the pond we saw a large number of Ruby-crowned Kinglets flitting through the trees and Chickadees and Song Sparrows in the brushy areas near the pond. Further along the northern edge of the pond we observed a number of Common Mergansers and a lone Canvasback out on the pond.
As we came to the spillway area we observed several Spotted Towhees in the blackberries and more Song Sparrows along the canal. A raptor was seen sitting in the field on the other side of the canal but it was so far away and everyone's optics were so fogged up that it took awhile for everyone to agree that it was probably a female Northern Harrier. Another Kingfisher was observed sitting on the power-line crossing over the canal.
The trip back to the parking lot was accompanied by increasingly heavy rain and the return of many of the waterfowl that left at the beginning of the walk. Among the late arrivals were Wigeons and Lesser Scaups.
The walk ended in a heavy downpour.
Bird list for walk at Waterville Pond, January 28, 2016.
The weather was continuous rain, heavy at beginning and end of walk.
--- bird list compiled by Doris Wimber
1. Great egret
2. Great blue heron
4. American wigeon
6. Green-winged teal
7. Lesser scaup
8. Common merganser
9. Northern harrier
10. Bald eagle
11. American coot
13. mourning dove
15. Northern flicker
16. Scrub jay
17. American crow
18. Black-capped chickadee
19. Ruby-crowned kinglet
20. Spotted towhee
21. Song sparrow
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