We knew it was going to be a good morning on Monday when 13 lucky people showed up for our first public walk of the year — the first bird we saw was the Snowy Owl, perched easily within Spotting Scope range.
The owl stayed (he is pictured here yawning), and everyone had good looks at him. Later, when we went to DeKorte, we saw the sometimes elusive Eurasian Green-Winged Teal (also here on Tuesday).
It is also called the Common Teal, but it's not very common around here most of the time. Other ducks included Gadwall, Hooded Merg, Common Merg, Ring-neck and Shoveler.
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DeKorte and Beyond: 010509 9 a.m. 11 a.m., 25 species
American Black Duck
Green-winged Teal (both types)
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
American Tree Sparrow