Bald Knob and Saul’s Minnow Farm 8/29/2009

I joined Karen Holliday, the Boyles’, and the Muellers for a trip to Bald Knob NWR Saturday morning.  Clear skies had been forecast but it was mostly cloudy but thankfully not rainy.  The refuge was rather slow but we did see a few uncommon birds like an American Avocet.

I had to take off early to pick up Samantha.  Later I got word of a Red-necked Phalarope and other neat birds at Saul’s Minnow Farm that they had seen so I filled up the cooler and grabbed the camera and took off with Angie.  We got there at about 5 PM and after an hour of scoping had seen all of the “good” birds including the Phalarope, Black-bellied Plovers, and American Golden-Plover.  There were also Caspian Terns which aren’t too rare this time of year but still cool to see any time.

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Species seen or heard at BKNWR:

  • Mallard
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Least Sandpiper
  • White-rumped Sandpiper
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
  • Mourning Dove
  • Blue Jay
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle

Species seen or heard at Saul’s:

  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • American Golden-Plover
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Killdeer
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Least Sandpiper
  • White-rumped Sandpiper
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Red-necked Phalarope
  • Caspian Tern
  • Black Tern
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Tree Swallow

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