Very early, on a weekday, is the way to have this beautiful spot to oneself.
I had hours alone before fast-moving cars started arriving at about 11:00.
Twice today, I saw large groups of female common mergansers, once 8 or them
alone and once 15 females with a lone male. What's going on at this time of
year? Are some of the "females" males already out of breeding plumage? Or
last year's males???
1 American coot
1 ruby-crowned kinglet, flashing his neon topknot
2 yellow-rumped warblers, myrtle variety
great blue heron
1 American bittern
red-bellied woodpecker (yay!)
many (maybe 200?) tree swallows
a few northern rough-winged swallows
one or a few bank swallows
Also - 2 purple martins apparently already incubating in the houses near
McCuen Slang, with a pair of osprey in the tree directly across the road from the
martin houses (next to the lake)