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I went down and waded out into Swan Lake Pool to check on Shorebirds and stuff 
again. The water level was up over last week due to recent rains. Lots of  
Dabbling Ducks, some Pelicans, and Cormorants, but Shorebird numbers were down. 
Saw one flock of about 85 Am. Golden Plovers flying around, and bunch of 
Wilson's Snipe, but otherwise just a few Greater Yellowlegs, and couple of 
Pectoral Sandpipers. The vegetation is starting to grow up now too, esp the 
River Bulrush that is sprouting back after being disked up last year. A couple 
of Immature Bald Eagles, and couple of Northern Harriers were keeping things 
stirred up. A Coyote was patrolling the edges. Had one American Pipit in the 
marsh and watched a flock of couple dozen land in some corn stubble. Many 
singing Song and Swamp Sparrows in the wet edges, and White-throated, 
White-crowned, and Savannah Sparrows elsewhere. Saw a Vesper Sparrow along 
gravel road just north of the refuge. Still plenty of DE Juncos around. Chipping 
Sparrows singing at Pershing S.P. 


Later,
Steve Kinder
Chillicothe, Livingston Co.
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