October 19, 2019 Field Trip to west area wetlands and woods
SFBC birders spent half a day birding some of the wetlands west of Sioux Falls, finding over 40 species. We saw several large groups of gulls in the Wall Lake area, mostly Franklin’s with some Ring-billed and one Herring. There were also White-faced Ibis in two spots, including at Weisensee Slough, where there were also two Snowy Egrets and seven Black-crowned Night-Herons. Sparrows were a little sparse, but we did see a sizeable group of Harris’s, Song, and a Fox Sparrow at Dewey Gevik. A good number of Red-tailed Hawks were also out and about. Best sightings in red.
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<br sty