After several ridiculously windy and cold days this week with a touch of rain/snow/hail thrown in, the Thursday Birder trip to Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area and the Belen Marsh finally got a bit of a break both in wind velocity and temperature, not to mention good looks at quite a few bird species. After a late start, I got to the Belen Marsh a couple of minutes early got to see a Burrowing Owl at the Belen Marsh before joining the group at WWCA.
With some of the fields recently flooded at Whitfield, there was a variety of water and shorebirds poking around, and a variety of swallows darting about. Two highlights for me were close-up views of a number of female Wilson’s Phalaropes
and getting to see the usual skulker of a Sora that Lefty called out onto the pond by clacking two rocks together (who knew?) and was unusually oblivious to our standing around looking at it.
Not to be outdone by the birds, Rebecca managed to find two new butterflies for us, too, including the Melissa Blue
and a Checkered White.