Saturday, September 03, 2005

Henderson Bird Preserve

Yesterday Friday, Sept. 2, mom and I went to the Henderson Bird Preserve after dropping off Brad at work. Our favorite birder was working and let us in. As we got ready to go out with Je Anne, she noticed a falcon circling pond one. Grabbing binoculars, we all looked and realized it was a Peregrine. The Peregrine circled a few times and then dove down into a flock of Phalaropes, both Red-necked and Wilsons. He did this a few times and the birds scattered. He nabbed a straggler and took off with it. WOW! What a way to start the morning. We all knew we were in for some good birding then :))

AND we were right! Here's the list for the day:

American Avocet (in winter plumage)
Savannah Sparrow (life bird)
Blue Grosbeak - female (life bird)
Black-necked Stilt
Great-tailed Grackle
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper (life bird)
Western Sandpiper
Prairie Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (life bird)
Osprey (life bird)
Black Tern (life bird)
American Kestrel
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Great Blue Heron
Common Yellowthroat
Orange-crowned Warbler
Verdin
House Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Cinnamon Teal
Ruddy Duck (males in winter plumage without their blue bill)
American Coot
Aberts Towhee
Gambles Quail
Wilsons Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Black Phoebe
Western Kingbird
White-faced Ibis
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged swallow
Marsh Wren
Crissal Thrasher
Sora
Killdeer
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Song Sparrow
Turkey Vulture
Eared Greeb
Western Greeb

We are always in debt to Je Anne. She is such an amazing birder. Extremely knowledgable in this field and more than willing to share with us. Thanks once again.

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