Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Warbler and 2 Sandpipers

I spent a couple hours this evening on Lake Creek Trail and found 2 first-of-the-year species for my neighborhood bird list. Near the parking lot at the end of Braes Valley I got a very brief and unsatisfying look at a male Mourning Warbler in the willow trees by the creek. This is one of the later migrants to move through the Austin area. And just downstream of the playing fields I found these 2 Baird's Sandpipers on one of the few patches of shorebird habitat we have on the creek. On my way back I got a brief look at the setting sun through the haze and got this shot over the creek.

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