This morning a friend and I went out to Clavet, Cheviot and Blackstrap lakes to see what we could find.
Here are the highlights :
Rusty Blackbird - all together around 45 birds in 3 separate flocks. These are new for the year.
Lapland Longspur - 400 +. Some along the shore of Blackstrap Lake and many flying over grain fields.
Pectoral Sandpiper - 5 at Cheviot Lake
Baird's Sandpiper - 20 at Cheviot Lake
Long-billed Dowicher - 25 at Cheviot
Killdeer - 3 at Clavet
Black-bellied Plover - 2 at Cheviot
Semipalmated Plover - 1 at Cheviot
American Avocet - 20 at Blutcher
Greater Yellowlegs - 5 at Blackstrap , 2 at Clavet
Bald Eagle - 3 juveniles flying low over Cheviot Lake
Northern Harrier - 1 at Blackstrap
Merlin - 1 at Blackstrap
American kestrel - 2 at Clavet roosting in some trees at the cemetery
Harris's Sparrow - 1 in some shrubs at Clavet
White-throated Sparrow - 1 at the cemetery at Clavet
Song, Vesper and Savannah Sparrows - many flocking together
European Starling - 35 on the powerlines at a Clavet farmstead
Mourning Dove - 3 at Blackstrap
Sandhill Crane - 300+ around Blucher
Snow Goose - 200+ at Cheviot
There were still a few small pockets of waterfowl, including Green and Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redhead and Lesser Scaup situated at many of the aforementioned locations.
I will post more photos from this trip later, but for now, here's one of the Rusty Blackbirds: