An eBird sighting of a Lincoln’s Sparrow took my bike to the Crazy U. Spoiler alert – I didn’t relocate the sparrow. But it’s fun the search for a new bird causes you to look harder at all the other birds. The Savannah’s Sparrows are all back!
The Swamp Sparrows are back, too. I found several at the Lust Gate entrance and a few more at the Crazy U. This one was determined to stay in the shadows and play peek-a-boo with me. I guess he won when he disappeared into the vegetation.
As I searched for my target sparrow, I carefully examined each bird that I saw. This Common Yellowthroat hopped out into the open and encouraged me to take her picture, even though she’s not a sparrow.
After searching a while for the sparrow, I moved on and biked down to the lake shore. I came across a flock of warblers. I found a bunch of Palms, a Prairie, and I think I heard a Yellow-throated. Then I came across this Yellow-rumped Warbler, my first of the season.
As I headed back, I spotted the Gray-headed Swamphens on Lust Road. An adult and a juvenile were foraging for breakfast. The paused briefly out in the open before retreating into the vegetation. It was the first time I’d seen a juvenile swamphen. A fun end to to a great ride!
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