I just saw a male Lazuli Bunting singing near the dyke about 1 km west of the parking lot at the end of Lickman Rd. I’ve never seen one in the area, so that was an exciting find for me. There was also a Bullock’s Oriole near there. The whole area was teeming with birds this evening, so I wish I had been there actively birding instead of running!
I returned to the area this morning properly outfitted for birding. I counted 10-12 Lazuli Buntings in the area. The other notable find was two House Wrens in separate locations. Common Yellowthroats, Savannah Sparrows, and Willow Flycatchers were abundant.
Post by nickinthegarden on May 31, 2020 9:03:54 GMT -8
I went out there early this morning and parked at the next public parking lot down off of Hopedale/Hooge Rd. I walked back east at first along the inner trail and then out to the dike and I easily counted at least 12 Lazuli Buntings, two of them females and one pair was attempting to mate. I would say that there was a lot more than that in the area, I suspect that with the farmers cutting the hay that has pushed some birds closer to the dike where the grass is undisturbed. Fields that have not been cut yet may yield even more. I was impressed at the numbers out at Jesperson there are way more in this area as of this morning. The only reason I left was the rain had returned.