Finally, a spring-like sunny day on the island to take photos with! Reggie and I were playing with a new lens and watching ibis feed, when Reggie noticed the bill of a bird just coming around a pile of grass in the impoundment. We were really surprised to find this spoonbill this early in the year. We didn’t see any others, and it took off fairly quickly, headed for the north end of the impoundment. A pink valentine? Keep your eyes peeled.
I have been entering our bird counts in a national database, and when I went to enter the spoonbill, I had to click several windows that asked me if I was SURE that’s what I had seen. Perhaps the lower level of the impoundment attracted the spoonbill, which feed in very shallow water. We find the variety of birds that change with the water levels really interesting. On Wednesday of last week, the water was much higher, and we found great flocks of ducks: green and blue-winged teal, wigeons, mottled ducks, mallards, bufflehead, mergansers, and more. By yesterday, the water was much lower, and there were at least 40 Willets feeding on the edges near the landings building.