When I arrived at the tower this morning, it was 27 degrees. When I left the tower, it was 50! It was nice that there really wasn’t too much wind though, what little wind there was came from the NNE.
The tower was visited today by Steve C. & Lynea H..
70 species were seen today, 1 was new for the season, a Lincoln’s Sparrow, just a little bit earlier than they would normally start to show up.
A few species were found that normally peak in March; here, today, and in decent numbers considering the date! A flock of 16 Sandhill Cranes migrated by, in addition 3 locals were seen today. 4 Redheads were seen, this is now the latest spring record for this species at this site ever beating the 2014 record by one day, and none have been seen here since 2/28/2018. 63 White-winged Scoters were counted today, this is now the 2nd highest count of them at this site ever! And what a late date to have it! 3 Surf Scoters & 44 Lesser Scaup were also added, both higher numbers than a typical day in the 2nd half of April.
30 Blue Jays were counted, the highest count of them in 2018 so far. Sometime in May there will hopefully be a day or days when this number is multiplied by ten or maybe even a hundred!
There was also a good flight of Northern Flickers today totaling 166.
A Northern Cardinal & Eastern Bluebird gave some good opportunities for pictures too!
Today’s complete list can be viewed here… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44756856
and here is yesterday’s list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44718253