I birded Corn Creek this morning May 17, 2012. There were a fair number of
migrants around with the highlights being a singing NORTHERN PARULA, two
EASTERN KINGBIRDS and two WHITE-WINGED DOVES. The Parula moved all around
the area and sang two distinctly different songs, one was the more
recognizable typical ascending song and the other was one I have heard only
a few times from other Parulas. I photographed the two White-winged Doves
together as they sat on the edge of the "swimming pool" and looked in. I
think they were wondering the same thing I was, Why are they draining the
pool now? I talked to a guy there and he said they were draining it to
remove the Crayfish and clean it out. So much for being cemented to prevent
Crayfish. The two Eastern Kingbirds were in the old pasture or as they call
it now, the wetlands (minus any real wetland vegetation of course). They
were feeding on insects with about 6-10 Western Kingbirds.
A few other birds of note were the return of Blue Grosbeaks, a Cassin's
Vireo, a Wilson's Phalarope, two Spotted Sandpipers, an Indigo Bunting and a
Other Recent Sightings:
Yesterday afternoon, May 16th, I went looking for the Mississippi Kite
without success. I did see a VAUX'S SWIFT flying with all the swallows.
There was also an Olive-sided Flycatcher and a Green Heron in the area.
On May 14th, there was a late Snow Goose at Floyd Lamb Park. The bird flew
in with some Canada Geese. It was not present on the 15th. There was also
a White-winged Dove and a Swainson's Thrush present.
On May 15th, there was a Least Bittern that flew three separate times at
Duck Creek while I was watching and photographing the Stilt Sandpiper.