Sunday, July 15, 2007

Big Waters Birder

What a glorious warm and sunny day. Just right for standing at Big Waters NR for 5 solid hours this morning staring at the lake with no sign of the Caspian Tern. Still, there was some comraderie between the few of us who gave it our best shot and the morning was quite enjoyable non the less.

A few things were seen during our vigil - 1+ Kingfisher, 7 Siskins, 2 Redpolls, 2 Buzzards, 2 Common Sandpipers, a couple of Common Terns, Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler but best of all was a lifer...Emperor Dragonfly! A male cruised past us and began hunting the edge of the reeds for a while showing reasonably well, though it didn't land. It large size, bright green thorax and blue abdomen curled under for a time in flight were very distictive. A great record up here.

Better luck next time ...

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