Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesCarden Alvar and Windmill Ranch

Counted 35 species on Carden Alvar today. Common Merganser, Hoooded Merganser, Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads and the first Cananda Geese to return at the Lake Dalrymple Narrows. American Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawk on the alvar. The first Mallards and American Black Ducks on the meltwater pools. Large flocks of American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and Dark-eyed Juncos on Windmill Ranch. Also Wilson's Snipe, American Woodcocks, Song Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, Turkey Vultures,Ruffed Grouse, and Northern Ravens. Over 24 White-tailed Deer seen but probably many more not seen all in very good condition. A very early Eastern Garter Snake active on the Windmill Ranch.

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