I went to Delaware Recreation Area in the hopes of spotting one of the Lesser Black-backed Gulls that has been seen there for the last few weeks. I also had the idea of spotting a Tufted Duck. I knew there was little chance of that but Lake Dardanelle is where they’ve been seen in February in recent years. I arrived at 8:30 and saw the usual American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, etc. Scoping the surface I also came across at least two Herring Gull before finally spotting a 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull. Yay! Year bird.
I then drove over to Holla Bend and drove the auto trail. Birds were a little slow there this day but I saw a lot of Red-tailed Hawk and one Bald Eagle. I also saw two Armadillo although the last time I was here I saw about six. The four Trumpeter Swan that I saw are considered notable but I usually see some I didn’t think much of it. Two had neck bands but two did not.