May 11, 2019 Field Trip to Newton Hills and Worthing wetlands
Today thirteen birders spent the morning at Newton Hills State Park and the
wetlands near Worthing south of Sioux Falls. The horse camp at Newton Hills
was very full of birds; warblers and flycatchers were in fairly short supply
(aside from ubiquitous Yellow Warblers), but we did find a White-eyed Vireo,
a number of singing Wood Thrushes, Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted
Grosbeaks, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and a nice mix of sparrows, including a
late Dark-eyed Junco on the beach at Lake Lakota.
The wetlands around Worthing yielded a Willet, Black and Forster's Terns,
Virginia Rails, and many Soras and Wilson's Phalaropes. In all, we turned up
just short of 100 species for the day.
April 27, 2019 Field Trip in town water areas and west wetlands