Leader: Kurt Schwarz
Date of Trip: Sunday, January 01, 2018
Name: Start Your Year List
Number on trip: 11
Details: It was a frosty 10 degrees or so, but the wind mercifully, was not present for the first hour and a half. We tromped about Mount Pleasant, first trying for the American Tree Sparrows seen the day before, but without luck. In general, birds were few, and pretty routine. A Savannah Sparrow did pose nicely for everyone. After the hour and a half, we decided to go to Centennial in hopes of the Greater White-fronted Goose that had been hanging around there the past week. It was present, and at fairly close range, though spent most of time sleeping with its head under a wing. We also had a bonus Cackling Goose, which also determinedly napped, only offering brief glimpses of the bill. The other highlight was a Horned Grebe. Next stop was the quarry on Springdale Drive, which proved to have the greatest variety of waterfowl, the highlight being a presumed hen Common Goldeneye. The last stop was Lake Elkhorn with only four still standing. We were fortunate that Trumpeter Swan P-95, a three-year old female from Ontario, has stuck around for us to count it. It was reported to have flown off later that day. This stop also yielded Eastern Bluebirds at close range, feeding on abundant bittersweet, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. An Eastern Phoebe was seen by one of the group, but eluded the others. A total of 41 species were logged.