Lake Dardanelle and Holla Bend NWR 2/19/2010

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.

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