Mer Bleue C.A. Trip Report

Saturday, April 21

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

A flock of birders, EOB included, were reintroduced to spring birding today! After weeks of inclement weather, with snow, rain, sleet and brutal north winds, spring has finally come around. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers put in a fine showing, with a total of six vocalizing birds along Dolman Ridge Road. Some of them were quite visible, as well. We heard Virginia Rail from the marsh along the boardwalk trail at Mer Bleue; a “year bird” for us all. No Yellow Palms were present (they breed at this site) but surely any day they were bound to return. We headed to open fields further east, in search of Sandhill Cranes. None along Milton, but a client recommended Smith Road, so we gave it a go. A single Sandhill was spotted among Canada Geese, far far away. One Sandhill is all it takes to get a “year bird!” Woo-hoo :). Next up, we visited the bridge along Frank Kenny, where we enjoyed excellent views of Northern Pintail among other dabblers. And, just like that, four hours of spring birding had evaporated (evaporated like the silly snow that was still here and there!) A few of us birded Twin Elm floodplain on the way back home. Another nice morning with birding friends, new and old.

eBird Checklists

Dolman Ridge Road:

Mer Bleue C.A.:

Milton Road:

Smith Road:

Frank Kenny: