Black-necked Stilts. 5/4/14 (Wolf. Oesterreich)
This morning (5/4), just after I had finished reading Sunday's newspapers and before heading out onto the trails I received a call from Mark Carson. He had found 2 Black-necked Stilts in the north wetland complex. I rushed over to the area and found him by the bench, just east of Pool C. We had to stand on the bench to see the birds to the west and there were actually 3 birds. [The digiscoped photograph shows 2 of the 3.] It has been almost 10 years (15 May 2004) since the last time I saw this species at the Park. Unfortunately, shortly after Mark left, the stilts and the ducks flushed from the pool when an Osprey flew over. The Osprey eats fish so these birds had nothing to fear. All 3 stilts flew off to the north.
Later. in the early afternoon, while I was talking with Todd Burras (Ames Tribune), his daughter Elizabeth spotted the first Canada Goose family on the north lake. At least 6 small goslings followed their parents.
Warblers are showing up and I recorded the following today: Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.