Monday, July 23, 2012
No White Ibis for me - 21 Jul 2012
I therefore parked at Siegler Rd. parking lot and rode the North Causeway out to the dike separating the west shore of the Vermet and east shore of the Long Pond Units. A small flock of Bobolink were quietly perched in the grasses along the dike and provided some nice digiscoping before 7 am. A female Common Yellowthroat was also nearby, but refused to perch high enough for a clean image.
The fields along the southeast end of the Vermet and northeast end of the Humphries were mowed, so there was little activity except for flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds.
I rode out to Cell 3, where work crews appeared to be readying to pump dredgings back into the cell. Large tractors were moving the black conduit across the rode to be hooked up to the barge docked in the south end of Cell 4. I walked out to the east dike of Cell 3 to check on shorebirds.
Will Weber stopped by, and we caught up. I continued back toward the Vermet Unit where I watched a Northern Harrier (female) soar out over the unit with flocks of blackbirds on its tail. Scattered flocks of Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, and Short-billed Dowitchers were scattering out over the marsh, but none came close enough for photos.
Hopefully the ibis will still be around this week. I hope to get out one of these mornings before work to see if I can some pics of it.