Continuing my report from the Blue Jay I saw first thing in the morning. On Banford Road just south of Prairie Central I saw an astonishing number of Greater White-fronted Geese. A quick scan with my scope balanced on the hood of my van made me figure 110 birds!
As I was setting up my scope on the tripod for a better look something caused them to fly and they flew right over me and continued flying in a northwesterly direction.
From a photograph of the whole flock in flight I counted 119 individuals. By far the most I've ever seen around here although Murray and Kevin got close to 100 in Agassiz a few falls ago. More info on the species in our area at the link.
A flock of American Pipits went over and I also heard several Horned Larks at one point too.
From here I checked Banford Road near the highway and counted about 250 Black-bellied Plovers and about a dozen Dunlin before they flew in a panic. A Peregrine Falcon was a suspect in causing this mass exodus but I couldnt see one.
Then it was on for my last stop to check on the Curlew which was very close to the road and offered great views.