Date and Effort
Wed Sep 29, 1993 2:00 PM
- Party Size:
- 4 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
- 7.0 mile(s)
- Tony C
- Time and mileage approximate, but the owl was observed towards sundown. Two "lifers" on this hike/drive. The swans were observed at multiple locations and seemed common here.
2 species total
A "lifer" bird. Very surprised to see the first of them, as I was under the impression they had become rare along the lines of Whooping Cranes! Eventually observed them at multiple locations in the refuge and recall thinking they must actually be common here (total seen was likely higher than the number shown here). Watched them at length as they tipped in the shallow marsh waters for food. Most if not all had rusty-red necks from this activity-- another surprise. Very good looks and had ample time to consult my field guide while observing them to confirm the ID. Later read this area was part of a reintroduction effort.
Observed as sunset approached, flying towards my position across a large, open field at the edge of the refuge. Caught my attention at a distance with its flight pattern, which was erratic, almost moth-like. As it was not yet dark I first assumed it must be some sort of hawk, but as it approached more closely I could see it was in fact a medium-sized, light colored owl. A quick consultation of the field guide confirmed the ID.
Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?