Volunteer bird surveyors have been busy at the Land Trust's Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Data master Eva Eagle had to share a few of the latest sightings which are enough to make one envious:
- A great horned owl has been hanging around Hindman Springs or near the cemetery. Kris saw two juveniles at Hindman Springs on the July 16th.
- Bill spotted not only one but two lazuli buntings in the lower meadow survey area on July 22nd.
- Linda and Jon saw two red-naped sapsuckers in the mid-meadow on July 15th.
Now that the Whychus Creek restoration is complete, we are starting to see some birds in new places. Kris saw a dipper in the ponderosa pine grove in the middle of the meadow. Dippers in pine groves? Yep, now that there is a creek running through, it's dipper country now.
We also seem to be catching sight of shorebirds and rails much more than we used to. Bill and Kris both saw a great blue heron, and Bill has seen a kingfisher enjoying the new channel. Lots of reports for sora rails, Virginia rails, and spotted sandpipers.
On the more colorful side, I see the Bullock's orioles are hanging around, hopefully nesting. And nobody seems to miss those musical black-headed grosbeaks!
Of course the scientific value of this work will come when we can look at the 'before restoration' and 'after restoration' data. In the meantime I just get vicarious enjoyment out of knowing what others have seen... and yes, a bit of envy. Happy Birding!
To add some of these birds to your list, consider volunteering to help with the Land Trust's Bird Survey Program. Learn more.