Very chilly, and very WINDY! Especially out at the marsh, the birds were just being blown every which way.
Saw Red-Winged Blackbirds on the highway out to the marsh, as well as a few Canada Geese.
Didn't even notice the baby til I was looking at the pic on the computer!
In one of the ponds near the interpretive center were a few Canvasback and Lesser Scaup. Too distant for good pics though.
Soon picked up Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Brewers Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-Headed Cowbird, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Killdeer, Mallard and American White Pelican.
This Cliff Swallow was in a flock of about a hundred altogether, resting on the road. Warmer? Easier to weather the wind?
Kind of a small brood! Poppa was very protective of his family though!
We decided to try to road to the north mound, and picked up a few more species. Northern Shoveler, Blue-Winged Teal, Gadwall, Northern Harrier, and the highlight (for me) a singing and displaying male Bobolink! No pics (darn!)
There's a more typical brood size! Daddy hadn't crossed the road yet. They had a bit of a time, herding all those babies down into the water, but they made it!
Last sighting was a Franklin's Gull, right before we got back to the highway.