On April 20, Mrs. Crawford fifth grade class went on a bird walk down Tio Lane to Deer Flat National Wildlife area around Lake Lowel. We met Susan Kain their along with Larry Ridehour and other birding experts. We walked along a path near the lake and spotted lots of red winged black birds, white crowned sparrows, American white pelicans, a red tailed hawk, and some brown headed cowbirds just to name a few. The class also saw a rabbit and several Pacific tree frogs which were fun to see even if they weren't birds.
The bird feeders haven't had as many birds as we had last winter, but we are getting a different variety. There are lots of red winged black birds and this week a few yellow headed black birds have been spotted. The gold finches are at the thistle feeder in greater numbers and their bright yellow feathers make them easier to spot. We think a pair of killdeer are nesting in the bark dust on the hill near the feeder and a pair of ducks have been spotted at the feeder and may have a nest somewhere on the school grounds.
The class is looking forward to our visit to the other side of Deer Flat National Wildlife refuge on May 18.