The stars aligned today with sunny skies, warm temperatures and no demands on my time for a big chunk of the day. So what do I do? Go see who has arrived back in the midwest recently.
Went on to other good locations and ended up with a pretty good day list. Here are the highlights:
I had 2 Lark Sparrows along the road east of the 140th St. marsh. Good look while they perched on a fence.
1 Loggerhead Shrike in the traditional location along Emery St. Most likely nesting again this year.
The mudflats at Lake Byllesby are extensive and there were 9 species of shorebirds right along the shoreline. These included - Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope. Not big numbers but nice variety.
Final stop at Ritter Farm Park in Lakeville had FOY Olive-sided Flycatchers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Swainson's Thrush.
Had it not been so windy I would have probably seen even more species but for a sunny Sunday afternoon this was pretty nice.