Monday, June 22, 2015
Dickcissel! - 21 Jun 2015
I was able to get out w/ the scope and grab a few long-distance photos before it flew off. Bobolink were still courting in the area, as well as dozens of Savannah Sparrows.
Just as well, I was COVERED in Hexagenia sp. mayflies that had just hatched in the last 24 hrs. They were everywhere, and all over me. I would spend the next half-hour just trying to shake them loose from my clothing and scope w/o squishing any of them. Luckily the winds were blowing out at Cell 3 so I could send them into the air and away from me safely.
No shorebirds in Cell 3, which was flooded. Dozens of Ring-billed Gulls, Caspian Terns, and Common Terns were roosting near the peninsula, but it was under water. I would see a pair of American White Pelicans in Cell 5 on the way out.