Roosevelt Wetlands is a small reserve right next to the waste plant. It has a great trail that runs across the lake and is usually quiet. Just don’t go when the wind is blowing towards the reserve. I got there pretty early and first saw 2 skimmers skimming along the lake.
It looks like this moorhen bit off part of a lily pad.
A kildeer flew close by.
Some wintering birds were still there in early May. A sora rail and a spotted sandpiper.
Cute duck family.
A lesser yellowlegs was creeping around in the muck.
Two new birds in one shot. A white rumped sandpiper on the left and a semipalmated sandpiper on the right. These aren’t super rare birds for this area but for some reason I kept missing them. They were also creeping around in the muck.
A least sandpiper was also with the new birds. I had not seen one of these since 2012.
Another shot of the white rumped sandpiper.
A little sandpiper party.
Another shot of the semipalmated sandpiper.
I finally saw the gull billed tern. He flew by really fast and this was the only shot I could get of him. He circled around the pond and then left. He isn’t an exciting bird but a new one for me.
The only new bird I didn’t see that was sighted there before was a stilt sandpiper. Maybe next time.