photos by Clara Coen

photos by Clara Coen

On July 6, 2014, a beautiful Sunday morning, Dick Riner escorted our group of about 20 birders around Bartel Grasslands.  After dousing ourselves with insect repellant and some folks donning rubber boots we were ready for the birds and mosquitoes.  But before heading out, Dick 'warned' us that a large flock of bobolinks departed on Saturday so there might not be many left.  I am pleased to report that his fears were unfounded.  Everyone had great looks at bobolinks throughout the morning.  In addition, we had excellent views of Henslow's sparrows and singing Dickcissels.  Other highlights included a Northern Harrier, Savannah sparrows, Eastern meadowlarks and Eastern bluebird.  A total of 29 species were tallied.  Many thanks to Ted Wolff for compiling the species list and to Dick Riner for being an enthusiastic host and trip guide.

 - post contributed by Sigrid Schmidt