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