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Hagerman Refuge Bird Count #5387952 10/30/14 02:33 AM
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October 21, 2014
It was a beautiful still day for birding. We tallied 68 species + 3 other taxa. Bird of the day was a
Roseate Spoonbill at Dead Woman Pond. We were able to count over 800 Northern Pintails. The
distant Smartweed was full of ducks but they were too distant to ID most. We estimated there were
at least 3000 ducks. Ducks we were able to ID were Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern
Shoveler, Green-winged Teal and Redhead. Yellow-rumped Warblers were present along with a
Nashville Warbler or two. Winter sparrows are starting to arrive. We saw Song Sparrows, White-
throated and White-crowned. Merlin was seen again at Dead Woman Pond. We saw 1 Horned
Grebe at the bottom of the hill at Goode. Wilson's Snipe were feeding in Muleshoe Marsh as was a a
Pectoral Sandpiper and a Least Sandpiper. We saw 18 Wild Turkeys near Deaver.


October 28, 2014
The north wind was blowing and lots of birds were arriving. It has been a long time since I have seen
ducks in the numbers that were present today. There were at least 1,000 Northern Pintails and 1000
Redheads. There were probably 6000 ducks which went unidentified because of distance and their
being in the Smartweed. You need a good spotting scope if you want to try to identify them plus a lot
of time. When we arrived at the bottom of the long hill at the Goode area which is one of the best
places to view a lot of the birds we found a mature Bald Eagle feasting on a kill. We also saw
Mallards, Northern Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks there along with about 3,000
American Coots. The Roseate Spoonbill was still hanging out with a Great Egret at Dead Woman
Pond. From the end of C pad which is about the only other place to get a view of the large numbers
of ducks we saw at least 120 American Avocets and 48 Dowitchers, 36 Least Sandpipers and
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. We found a Hairy Woodpecker at the entrance to the Goode area.
American Wigeons and Gadwalls were seen in Mineral Marsh. The White geese are starting to
arrive. We finished the day with 63 species + 4 other taxa.

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Originally Posted by bill oxner
Loved my 4 inches. Well needed.

Re: Hagerman Refuge Bird Count [Re: beaversnipe] #5388015 10/30/14 02:54 AM
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Funny just read that. Was about to post



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Re: Hagerman Refuge Bird Count [Re: beaversnipe] #5388042 10/30/14 03:08 AM
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Originally Posted by bill oxner
Loved my 4 inches. Well needed.

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hairy woodpeckers, dead women, smartweed, and yellow legs all in goode area sounds like a goodeee timeee. woot


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Let's just hope they make it to one of my spots when I decide to show up. Well, about 30 minutes after I get the spread out.

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Heard they are pretty sticky birds a hagerman. Checked some local holes nearby and south of there- from very few to zero. Food the difference

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