June Birding Tour Yesterday

The weather was a little drizzly but we had a total of thirteen people in the group.  The highlight of the tour was when we spotted a Common Nighthawk in the red soil about a quarter mile from the Prairie Dog village.  She had a couple of little chicks next to her.  This morning she was nowhere to be found.  I hope that she just moved into better cover to protect the chicks.   But despite the slightly inclement weather everyone had a great time and are looking forward to our next outing on July 10.

Pam Guelker, one of the birders, most generously donated a fifty pound of bird seed.  We certainly thank her very much.  Donations of bird seed are always welcome.

Ken Coley came up with the correct identification of the spider in my Birds, Beasts, and Bugs post.  It is a Western Spotted Orb Weaver.

Ann and I went back out to the park Saturday afternoon so see if we could see if the Snowy Plover was back on the eggs.  She wasn’t.  So we took a little ride around as we do quite frequently.  When we were in an area of picnic tables, we heard a Northern Bobwhite very close to us.  It took us a good five minutes to spot it, but finally we did.  It was sitting on a mesquite branch about fifty feet away.  I managed to get a few photos and one of them I have posted here.  Click on the image to see an enlargement.  Happy Birding!!

Northern Bobwhite