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We had torrential rain last night with the sky looking rather biblical. All that was missing was Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea; even the Padre was impressed.
But today was a better day with the sun out and a chance to escape work with a walk to the sewage treatment plant (this time with Military Police permission). The walk produced more species in two hours than I had seen all of last week with highlights being two Short-eared Owls, one mobbing a Red-tailed Hawk, two singing Yellowthroats and most of the ducks on show. Still, not a lifer in nearly two weeks!
Wildfowl, mostly on the far pond, included American Wigeon, Redhead, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Shoveler, Mallard and Pintail. The Shoveler now have young, as do American Coots, and the overflyers included Willett and Killdeer. One surprise was a very obliging Sora at the edge of the Jenner Highway which took a couple of seconds to realise I wasn’t a tree before scuttling off into the adjacent marsh. Vesper Sparrows were Omni present with large numbers on the track down to the treatment plant; they are very much like plucky Corn Buntings and the scene was reminiscent of a walk on Salisbury Plain.
Heavy rain is again forecast for tomorrow afternoon so perhaps today’s wander will be the last for a couple of days.
Birds are getting all too familiar now and I look forward to a weekend of new birds – I could do without the eight hour drive though.
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