I made a third try for the Blue Springs Lake
Brown Pelican at 6:00 p.m. this evening. As I arrived, the Zellmers and Trent
Reed were leaving. A couple of men whose names I do not know also arrived
separately with scopes to join the vigil. One of them gave up after a while. The
other remained to the bitter end. Eventually, Ruth Simmons and Nancy Leo also
arrived. We waited until 8:45. No BRPE.
The "Patagonia effect" was in force, however. I
spotted what I believed was a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT among the Double Crests. Nancy
later observed the bird from about 75 yards closer and confirmed the ID. She
will write it up for MBRC.
I also made a foray across the dam during which
I observed a male Cooper's Hawk. Also present was an Osprey who flew in with a
fish at one point.
There was mention of a possible second NECO. 7-8
DCCOs were present.