Bald Knob NWR 7/18/2009

It was a beautiful morning, sunny with temps in the low seventies. Weird for July but who’s complaining?  I arrived at 7:55 and started on Coal Chute Road.  I went down to the grain silos and then turned west. The first significant water was in the third row of fields west of Coal Chute. There were plenty of herons and egrets plus a few stilts and ducks including a Muscovy (not sure if that’s a goose or a big duck).  I saw at least two Northern Shovelers there.  Later I went by the Wood Stork trees mainly south of this area and saw a Black-crowned Night-heron.  I then drove the perimeter of the refuge but did not see anything else notable. I left at 11:30 having travelled 17.6 miles in the refuge.

The attached map show the location of the Black-crowned Night-heron.

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  • European Starling
  • Mourning Dove
  • Barn Swallow
  • Common Grackle
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Dickcissel
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Killdeer
  • American Crow
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Muscovy
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Carolina Wren
  • Northern Parula
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Summer Tanager
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher