Birded around Platte county awhile Friday and this morning. Had to take the 
birders direct route home this morning and stop by Bean Lake again. Just found 
computer time to post. Lots of FOY birds for me. Ah, the Spring birding 
experience is like no other...

^^Platte Falls CA Highlights  04/25 and 04/26^^

Warbling Vireo  and Red-eyed Vireo  
House Wren  
Sedge Wren--1, possibly 2 @ archery range parking lot 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  
Swainson's Thrush  

Orange-crowned Warbler  
Northern Parula  
Yellow Warbler  
Yellow-rumped Warbler—EVERYWHERE I looked it seemed!
Yellow-throated Warbler  
Black-and-white Warbler  
Prothonotary Warbler  
Louisiana Waterthrush  
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee  
Chipping, Field, Lark Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, & White-crowned 
Indigo Bunting 

^^Bean Lake Highlights—Swamp Rd/S. Shore Dr. 04/25 &  04/26 ^^

American White Pelican--25 both days
Double-crested Cormorant--4  Friday
Cattle Egret--8; in the grass near car and later in water near the Willets & 
gulls on Friday; saw 2 this morning

*Willet—90 (I counted 3 different times) on Friday; 56 on Saturday morning. 
What a sight to see their wing pattern when flock took off and returned, as it 
did several times.

Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated, Least & Baird’s Sandpipers –
Long-billed Dowitcher—1 hanging with the big flock of Willets (still there this 
Wilson's Phalarope—8 of them  (still there this morning)
Franklin's Gull  & Ring-billed Gull  
Eastern Kingbird 
American Pipit—3 (Westside Drive)
Yellow-rumped Warbler –ALL OVER THE PLACE; in trees; in stubble field; on 
tree trunk facing upward. 
Clay-colored Sparrow—3; great looks; along Swamp Rd 
Lark & Savannah Sparrows all over, coupla Harris’s Sparrows.
*Yellow-headed Blackbird—1 female

Stopped by Weatherby Lake dam in Parkville before going to kids’ talent show 
Friday and found 2 Horned Grebes there.

Happy late-April Birding!
Laura Gilchrist
Kansas City, MO
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