Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area and Bird Observatory – Sept 30th, 2017

Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Stephane Canévet led a group on a full day trip North along hwy 6 to the North end of Last Mountain Lake, returning via highways 2 and 11.

The temperature was around 10 in the morning, but it warmed up to around 20 by mid afternoon.

The wind made it difficult at times to focus the scope, but Stephane had us stop at 13 locations all together because there were so many migrating birds on ponds and fields.

The highlight was the witnessing of over two thousand Lapland Larkspurs drinking and bathing in ponds and feeding in the fields, constantly moving in massive flocks.

We stopped for our bagged lunch in the park at sheltered but sunny picnic tables. There were many warblers feeding in and around the long hedges at the banding station which we explored after lunch. In all we identified 59 species of birds, a very successful field trip.

Below is the 59 species list of combined 13 sites.  Click on each photo for a larger view.

Report submitted by Ingrid Alesich

3551 Snow Goose
518 Canada Goose
82 Tundra Swan
20 Blue-winged Teal
13 Northern Shoveler
1 Gadwall
21 American Wigeon
124 Mallard
24 Pintail
5 Bufflehead
1 Common Goldeneye
635 duck species
1 Horned Grebe
4 Eared Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
2 American White Pelican
5 Great Blue Heron
5 Northern Harrier
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Swainson’s Hawk
17 Red-tailed Hawk
2061 American Coot
220 Sandhill Crane
19 Killdeer
3 Baird’s Sandpiper
20 Semipalmated Sandpiper
79 Long-billed Dowitcher
16 Greater Yellowlegs
15 Lesser Yellowlegs
110 Franklin’s Gull
4 Ring-billed Gull
10 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
3 Mourning Dove
2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
2 American Kestrel
2 Merlin (Prairie)
1 Peregrine Falcon
25 Black-billed Magpie
33 American Crow
23 Common Raven
6 Horned Lark
5 Black-capped Chickadee
34 American Robin
8 American Pipit
2090 Lapland Longspur
2 Palm Warbler
7 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 American Tree Sparrow
3 Clay-colored Sparrow
13 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
1 Harris’s Sparrow
2 Savannah Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
9 Western Meadowlark
20 Red-winged Blackbird
70 Brown-headed Cowbird
220 Common Grackle
360 blackbird species
40 passerine species