April 15th Whimbrel Birders Club trip report

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.

Bird List:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson’s Snipe
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Lapland Longspur
Smith’s Longspur
Louisiana Waterthrush
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


Published by Oliver Burrus


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