[Tweeters] Lark Sparrows at Wylie Slough and geese at Hayton Reserve
dennispaulson at comcast.net
Tue Oct 5 16:24:21 PDT 2021
I’ve been so busy that I forgot to post this until now, sorry. In early afternoon yesterday (10/4) I saw two Lark Sparrows at Wylie Slough. They were perched high in a tree near the base of the west fork where the trail forks to continue on two different levees. I saw these two sparrow- or finch-looking birds from a distance, couldn’t figure out what they were, and finally got close enough to see them well in the binoculars just as they took off. Both flew right over me, then headed west along the trail. I was shocked to see the white edge around the rounded tail and the clear breast with a single spot as i looked up at them; nothing else they could have been.
The geese—Snow, Cackling and Greater White-fronted—were putting on a fantastic show at Hayton Reserve, and there was a Lapland Longspur there being photographed by many at the junction of the trail to the first bench after you leave the parking lot. we couldn’t find the Black-necked Stilt that had been reported earlier, but we did see large numbers of Greater Yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitchers and single Least and Pectoral Sandpipers.
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