This morning I headed out to Hillman Marsh in search of the Red-necked Phalarope that was reported yesterday. This was not a new bird for me but it ended up being the best looks I’ve had at one. This bird spent much of its time feeding about 10 feet from the trail that heads around the Shorebird Cell! It was entertaining to watch the bird pick at everything sticking out of the water in hopes of finding food. It was quite successful!
A quick little digiscope video of the Phalarope in action (sorry for the wind noise. It was a blustery day).
The miss came later. About 5 minutes from home, I get a call letting me know that a Gyrfalcon, one of my most wanted birds, had just buzzed the Shorebird Cell. The most painful part was that I woke up this morning with a good feeling about possibly seeing one today as one had been reported in the next county over. Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to keep looking!