Howdy everyone! Just back from a fun day of birding at Weldon Springs near Clinton IL. Fun mainly in the sense I got to hang out in a nice day with my brother and sister-in-law. Unfortunately, the feathered variety we were after were fairly scarce. A possible +1 for the day along with a juvi (I’m sure Ron will correct) Bald Eagle, a Great Heron, plus more Titmice (yes, I verified that usage) and Nuthatches than I could count. Beyond that .. not so much. If that +1 turns out to be verified you will likely see that hitting the pages oh, about this same time next year hehehe.
But all that is in the present – we here at LifeIntrigue tend to live in the past – something Ron is beginning to have a good understanding why now that his productivity is outrunning his processing. For this post at least I am in the same year – hell less than two months ago. Just doing what I can to get my +1’s out and counted to try and stay within sight of my competition.
I have to give a lot of credit to Ron for this particular ID. I had incorrectly come to the conclusion it was a Willet but during our review it became apparent that it is really a Short-Billed Dowitcher. How fitting to have a Witch to go along with the recent Halloween theme. Like Last post, this specimen was shot on our September trip to Colorado – this time at Barr Lake near Brighton.
Hit the jump to see and read more about this water forager.