While Mrs. WC was recuperating from a head cold, WC took advantage of a early spring day to do a little birding. It turned out to be a late winter day instead, and there were a series of unfortunate incidents.
The road to one of WC’s favorite birding areas – site of a sage grouse lek, among other neat things – turned out to be closed. So far WC has been unable to find out why. Absent a plausible explanation, there may be another set of tire tracks around the left side of the gravel berm later this year.
Last year this time, WC was photographing waterfowl at this intersection, which is in Centennial Marsh, part of Camas Prairie. Even without the snow plowed heap, there’s 4-5 feet of heavy snow on Centennial Marsh. 220 S. might as well not exist right now. All of this must and will melt, but it’s not going to happen right away.
WC did see a few birds. Here’s a female Greater Sage Grouse, on Idaho 46, flying away before WC could get a sharp focus.
Despite the acres of snow and absence of obvious food, there were thousands of Horned Larks in flocks of 50 or more birds throughout Centennial Marsh. This photo at least shows the “horned” – actually feather tufts that give the species its name.
So the big flocks of Snow Geese in Weiser Cove on Friday night were a false alarm. Or at least a false promise of spring. Note to readers: the lovely spring music of Snow Geese in migration is sometimes a lie.