Today, Isoo O’Brien lead us through McClaughry Springs FP and Orland Grassland. We started at McClaughry Springs FP with hopes of finding a Louisiana Waterthrush, Pileated Woodpeckers, and Carolina Wrens. At the beginning of our walk, Isoo already had a couple Carolina Wrens. Isoo led us through the woods as we found a Pileated Woodpecker, Louisiana Waterthrush, a very early Blue-headed Vireo, and some Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. After we had found all three of our targets at McClaughry, we moved on to Orland Grassland – South in hopes of finding Smith’s Longspurs, Pectoral Sandpipers, and the Little Blue Heron seen a few days before. On the way to the grasslands, we picked up Greater Yellowlegs, Northern Shovelers, and American White Pelicans. When we got there, we immediately found sparrows, Horned Larks, and some various species of duck. We pushed on through the swampy grass finding more of the same plus some shorebirds like Pectoral Sandpipers & a Solitary Sandpiper and a mystery bird (see photos below). We started heading back to our cars finding Caspian Terns, more sparrows, and an unidentified thrush. Isoo wrapped up the walk, but a few people (including me) stayed to keep searching for the Smith’s Longspur. We spotted a Lapland and a couple possible Smith’s across a marsh – so I went to the other side to find out if those longspurs were actually Smith’s. Just as I got to the other side, the two longspurs flew revealing their dull orange underside! Finally, we got the Smith’s. Next, we headed over to a marsh where I heard a Sora calling. We looked for a few minutes and ended up seeing two Soras! Overall a great day!
Write in comments what you think the mystery bird is.
Great Blue Heron