Bird Break


WC needs a break from the various and sundry crises, and assumes readers do, too. So WC declares a bird break. These photos are from a recent trip to Camas Prairie.

Horned Lark, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Horned Lark, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

WC is genuinely baffled how Camas Prairie can support so many Horned Larks; there are clouds of them, and they’ve been around since there was six feet of snow.

Tree Swallow, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Tree Swallow, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

The bugs were starting to appear and, right on schedule, the bug-eating birds appeared as well. Not all Tree Swallows migrate to Alaska; this guy had co-opted a Mountain Bluebird box for himself and his mate.

Vesper Sparrow, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Vesper Sparrow, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

A few of the LBJs – Little Brown Jobs – have arrived. Vesper Sparrows were present in numbers, but not much else.

Wilson's Snipe, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Wilson’s Snipe, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

This photo presented a problem WC has never had before: a Snipe and his date too close to get them both in the shot. The species is usually incredibly skittish, almost impossible to approach. It’s also odd to see a crepuscular species – looks at the size of that eye – out in the bight noon-time sunlight. Not that WC is complaining.

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Finally, a male Yellow-headed Blackbird all puffed up to attract a mate, or at least intimidate a rival. A lovely bird with an unlovely song.

It’s fair to say that Spring Migration is under way. It’s WC’s favorite time of the year.

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