For some reason this early spring has produced very little in the way of what I would term “special” birds, those species which stand out as being either rare or at least uncommon. And it’s not just me, it’s all over the state. No one is finding much to write home about.
I got out yesterday with a fellow bird aficionado from the Minot area and we saw someÂ cool birds. But again, nothing rose to the level of me reaching for the cell phone to sound a rare bird alarm.
Newbies for the spring this past weekend included: sandhill crane, tree swallow, common merganser, red-breasted merganser, American bittern, Bonaparte’s gull, Wilson’s snipe, Cooper’s hawk, turkey vulture, and this California gull:
During a jog over the noon hour IÂ added a couple personal FOYs (first-of-year): yellow-rumped warbler and–IÂ can’t believe it took me this long to see this–a pileated woodpecker.
Here’s to hoping something odd gets found. And soon.