Sunday, May 19, 2013

Trip Report - Oso Flaco Birding by Ear 5/18

We had one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (surely one of the birds Maggie saw a few days ago), two BLACK SWIFTS, and three LEAST TERNS (foraging and hanging out on the rail, no presenting of fish).

Lots of breeding activity: HOUSE FINCHES building a nest, WILSON'S WARBLER, SONG SPARROW, and DOWNY WOODPECKERS all carrying food, lots of fledgling CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES, and three different female MALLARDS with ducklings.

We also saw three little ducklings who did not seem to be associated with any adult ducks. There was a pair of Gadwalls sort of near them, but they did not act interested in the ducklings. So I'm not sure what was going on there.  Could have been some lackadaisical Gadwall parenting, or Mallard ducklings that got separated from their mother.

-Jessica Griffiths,  Field Trip Leader