I Warned Him …

When Nate and I went to Iowa back in February to look at Bald Eagles, I warned him that birding could be addictive. He spent about 10 minutes explaining to me why it would never hook him. And now look …

We spent the the morning of Saturday, April 17 birding at Baker’s Lake, Crabtree Nature Center and Moraine Hills State Park. It was a beautiful, but chilly, day with a stiff wind out of the north, which made it a great day for a walk but a lousy day to see birds. We didn’t see many types of birds, and of the ones we did see, there weren’t many individuals. On a day when we easily should have spotted at least 50 birds, we only saw 33. But there were a few good sightings and we had fun so who cares, really?

Here’s our list in the appoximate order that we saw them:

  1. American White Pelican
  2. American Robin
  3. Double-crested Cormorant
  4. Black-capped Chickadee
  5. Great Egret
  6. Great Blue Heron
  7. Mallard
  8. Northern Shoveler
  9. Black-crowned Night Heron
  10. Downy Woodpecker
  11. Tree Swallow
  12. Common Grackle
  13. American Goldfinch
  14. Red-winged Blackbird
  15. White-breasted Nuthatch
  16. European Starling
  17. Hooded Merganser
  18. Wood Duck
  19. Northern Flicker
  20. Northern Cardinal
  21. Ring-necked Duck
  22. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  23. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  24. Gadwall
  25. Common Merganser
  26. Ruddy Duck
  27. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  28. Brown-headed Cowbird
  29. Turkey Vulture
  30. Blue-winged Teal
  31. Pine Warbler
  32. American Crow
  33. Mourning Dove

The highlight of the day wasn’t a bird. At Crabtree, we spotted a Mink running through the brush along the shore of Bullrush Pond.

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1 Response to I Warned Him …

  1. n8 says:

    That was a ton of fun! I can’t wait to go back out.

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