Friday, April 11, 2014

Apr 6, 2014: Erv's Filed Notes 64A

Song Sparrow numbers have increased considerably.  From just individuals a few weeks ago, one can encounter 20 or more in groups along the trails, especially near the Upland Trail's south trailhead. 4/5/14 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 4:00 pm. Sunny, windy, Temperature 50 degrees F.
I feel like I am coming out of hibernation. The long cold winter has finally moderated to a point where I feel like getting outside. I parked in the southwest parking lot and walked up the west side of the park along the upland trail. I then took a dirt path over to the two wetland ponds that are nestled among the willows. The ponds were full of ducks. I identified Mallards, Shoveller, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, and Ring-necked Duck. A Great Blue Heron flew over and landed out of sight to the east. The scene was very colorful with the bright sun glistening off the iridescent red, green, blue and white plumages of the ducks swimming on the blue water. The vegetation is still brown with little sign of greening. It was good to see these ponds full of water.
Erv Klaas

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