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"Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington ... April 3, 4, 6, 15, and 16, 2018"
The Trips:
Tuesday, April 3:   Chilly overcast dreary spring day ... went to find the Ross's Goose which had been reported there in the morning ... SUCCESS !!!!!!!!! ... trip included fields by Frenchman's Bar and then a stop at the Shillapoo Lake parking/fence/path ...
Wednesday, April 4:   Went back to Vancouver Lake Lowlands and Shillapoo to look for the Ross's Goose, and hopefully to find the Dunlin seen there yesterday and today ... SUCCESS on BOTH !!! ... and a bonus - a Baird's Sandpiper !!! ... also had some Least Sandpiper ... weather still overcast and dark ...
Friday, April 6:   Gorgeous Spring afternoon ... went to Shillapoo to take shorebird photographs IN THE SUN however arrived at the gate to find two gates leading to the lake closed and locked ... drove around the Lowlands instead and walked the end dike.
Sunday, April 15:   Even though it was raining we went out to Lower River Road to look for the flock of 140 Greater White-fronted Geese reported there earlier in the day ... we had never seen that many in one bunch !!! ... no luck ... a nice "consolation" prize was a mildly leucistic Cackler along the Shillapoo Road ...
Monday, April 16:   Quick trip to Vancouver Lake to look for the breeding-plumage Bonaparte's Gull seen there on the beach ... SUCCESS !!! ... had about a 5 second view before the gull took flight, circled the lake, and headed to the northeast ... did have FOUR types of Swallows over the lake !!!

End Lower River Road Dike:    For more birds seen or photographed from the End of Lower River Road Dike ... click here.
Vancouver Lake:    For more birds seen or photographed at Vancouver Lake ... click here.

Vancouver Lake Lowlands:    For more birds seen or photographed at the Vancouver Lake Lowlands (Lower River Road, Vancouver Lake, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Rufener's Pond, Frenchman's Bar, LaFrambois Road) ... click here.


Birds seen, heard, or photographed ...
(in alphabetical order):
  1. American Coot ...
  2. American Crow ...
  3. American Kestrel ...
  4. American Robin ...
  5. American Wigeon ...
  6. Anna's Hummingbird ...
  7. Bald Eagle ...
  8. Bufflehead ...
  9. Cackling Geese ...
  10. California Scrub-Jay ...
  11. Canada Geese ...
  12. Canvasback ...
  13. Common Merganser ...
  14. Double-crested Cormorant ...
  15. European Starling ...
  16. Glaucous-winged Gull ...
  17. Great Blue Heron ...
  18. Great Egret ...
  19. Great Horned Owl ...
  20. Greater Yellowlegs ...
  21. Green-winged Teal ...
  22. House Sparrow ...
  23. Lincoln's Sparrow ...
  24. Northern Harrier ...
  25. Northern Pintail ...
  26. Northern Shoveler ...
  27. Mallard ...
  28. Osprey ...
  29. Pied-billed Grebe ...
  30. Red-tailed Hawk ...
  31. Red-winged Blackbird ...
  32. Ring-necked Duck ...
  33. Rock Pigeon ...
  34.   Ross's Goose ...
  35. Sandhill Crane ...
  36. Snow Goose ...
  37. Song Sparrow ...
  38. Spotted Towhee ...
  39. Wilson's Snipe ... (heard, Shillapoo Lake)

New additions April 4:
  1.   Baird's Sandpiper ... (Shillapoo Lake)
  2. Bewick's Wren ... (heard)
  3. Brewer's Blackbird ... (LRR)
  4.   Dunlin ... (End Lower River Road, Shillapoo Lake)
  5. Fox Sparrow ... (Shillapoo Lake)
  6. Hooded Merganser ... (Shillapoo Lake)
  7. Least Sandpiper ... (Shillapoo Lake)
  8. Rufous Hummingbird ... (Shillapoo Lake)
  9. Snowy Egret ... (End Lower River Road)
  10. Yellow-rumped Warbler ... (End Lower River Road)

New additions April 6:

  1. American Goldfinch ... (Buckmire Slough)
  2. Belted Kingfisher ... (Buckmire Slough)
  3. Cinnamon Teal ... (Shillapoo Lake)
  4. Common Yellowthroat ... (heard, all over)
  5. Tree Swallow ... (Shillapoo Lake)
  6. Wood Duck ... (Buckmire Slough, End Lower River Road)

"Highlights" April 15:

  1.   Brown-headed Cowbird ... (LRR)
  2.   Cackling Goose (leucistic) ... (LRR)
  3. Western Meadowlark ... (heard, Shillapoo Lake)
  4. Wilson's Snipe ... (heard, Shillapoo Lake)

Vancouver Lake, April 16:

  1. Barn Swallow ...
  2.   Bonaparte's Gull ...
  3. Canada Geese ...
  4. Cliff Swallow ...
  5. Mew Gull ...
  6. Tree Swallow ...
  7. Violet-green Swallow ...
  8. Western Grebe ...


 
Baird's Sandpiper ... MORE Baird's Sandpiper images

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Baird's Sandpiper, Shillapoo Lake, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 4, 2018. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.
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Baird's Sandpiper, Shillapoo Lake, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 4, 2018. Nikon S9700.


Bonaparte's Gull ... MORE Bonaparte's Gull images

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Bonaparte's Gull, Vancouver Lake, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 16, 2018. Canon EOS 7d2, 400mm.


Brown-headed Cowbird ... MORE Brown-headed Cowbird images

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Brown-headed Cowbird, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 15, 2018. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.


Cackling Geese (including leucistic) ... MORE Cackling Geese images
MORE Leucistic

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Leucistic Cackling Goose, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 15, 2018. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.


Dunlin ... MORE Dunlin images

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Dunlin, Shillapoo Lake, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 4, 2018. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.
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Dunlin, Shillapoo Lake, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 4, 2018. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.


Ross's Goose ... MORE Ross's Goose images

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Ross's Goose with Cacklers, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 3, 2018. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.
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Ross's Goose with Cacklers, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 4, 2018. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.



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