Friday, October 9, 2015

Birds:Michael Obrien Wetland

    Well, somebody asked if I saw any birds at the Michael Obrien Wetland. Some readers realized that this was a birding trip. So here's the report.

    Now we did the walk from 2:00PM to 4:00 Pm. Now that's not a very good time of day to find birds. Birds are quite inactive in the afternoon. But that's the time people wanted to go so off we went. 


    I'm getting you prepared for this one!


    Now I got photos of ducks ...shovellers and blue winged teal. The were only three ducks in the whole wetlands. Ducks have not begun their  flocking and preparation for migration. I didn't get any other bird photos.











   After that I saw, crows, magpies, blue jays, eastern king bird, black capped chickadees and a marsh wren. The marsh wren is a lifer for me. I'd never seen a marsh wren before. The marsh wren gave us a challenge as it kept under cover of riparian vegetation. The eastern king bird gave us two looks of about 7 seconds total. So there were challenges but that's what we go out for.

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    1. It was a good day for anything outdoors.

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  2. Sounds like the sort of birding day I have.

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    1. In some places this is about as good as it gets.

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  3. well, those 3 ducks got to be stars, then. :)

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  4. Well done in your sightings. Not bad for an afternoon.

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    1. Yes for one place it was alright.

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  5. Well, ducks will be always ducks, swimming and diving as everywhere.

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    1. These ducks didn't want any interruptions.

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  6. I haven't seen any migration of the ducks or geese. It is getting grim how m,any species one can see.

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    1. We still have lots of time for the ducks and geese to show up.

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  7. Congratulations on adding another bird to your lifer list, Red. I always enjoy hearing what birds you see on these trips. :-)

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    1. This habitat was very limited. Later on there'll be lots of ducks.

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  8. That is true. 2:00PM to 4:00 isn't the best time to see birds but it looks like you had some interesting sightings. I don't believe I've ever seen an eastern king bird or a marsh wren.

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    1. Eastern kingbirds aren't that common here anymore. You have to look hard for marsh wrens as they keep well hidden

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  9. Sounds like you did pretty well in spite of the time of day.

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    1. I also think you have to sit in a good spot and watch what goes by.

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  10. A successful trip of bird watching.

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  11. It does sound like a good area to get out and about in nature.

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    1. I'm leading a group every sunday afternoon until it gets too cold

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  12. Adding to your life list makes that a successful birding trip.

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