Trip Leaders were Mike and Cindy Goddard.
Highlights of the day included Blue-winged Teal, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson’s Phalarope, and Dunlin.
We met at 7:30 am and proceeded to Carson Lake wetlands. The day was warm and sunny and the forecast winds held off until we were finished. We drove the Lott Freeway along the south end of the Big water unit, stopping to observe the thousands of Long-billed Dowitcher, American Avocet and Black-necked Stilt that were present. This is where we saw the Blue-winged Teal and Dunlin. At the end of the Lott Freeway we turned onto the east ring-road and followed it to the east tower and the Rice and York units where we observed more shorebirds and waterfowl. Here we watched 12 Long-billed Curlew feeding on a recent cricket hatch. We also saw Wilson’s Phalarope, Western Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, and Willet. We then followed the ring-road back to the entrance, observing Meadowlarks, Great-horned Owl and Loggerhead shrikes along the way.