Meadow Lake Birding
Directions:
- Going north on I35, get off at the 3406 exit (Exit 254) in Round Rock (next exit past U.S. 79).
- At the light on the access road, turn right and go east on Old Settlerís Blvd.
- Go straight through 2 four-way stops, and then turn left onto Settlement Drive.
- Go about a quarter mile, and park along the side of the road (the park and lake will be on your right).

Meadow Lake Photo July 6, 2002 by Jenny Rasmussen
View list of bird species seen on previous bird walks

Some great photos generously provided by Tim Fennell, one of the wonderful class instructors for TAS:
Oct 8, 2002 American Avocets at Meadow Lake, Photo Copyright 2002 Tim Fennell
American Avocets
Oct 8, 2002 Semipalmated Plover at Meadow Lake, Photo Copyright 2002 Tim Fennell
Semipalmated Plover
Oct 8, 2002 Wilson's Snipe at Meadow Lake, Photo Copyright 2002 Tim Fennell
Wilson's Snipe
Sept 16, 2002 Osprey at Meadow Lake, Photo Copyright 2002 Tim Fennell
Osprey
Sept 13, 2002 Great Egret at Meadow Lake, Photo Copyright 2002 Tim Fennell
Great Egret
Sept 13, 2002 Little Blue Heron at Meadow Lake, Photo Copyright 2002 Tim Fennell
Little Blue Heron
Sept 13, 2002 Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron at Meadow Lake, Photo Copyright 2002 Tim Fennell
Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
A juvenile Roseate Spoonbill was present at Meadow Lake today (9/8/02)  Tricolored and Night-Herons were also present in the two drainages that feed the lake.
, Photo Copyright 2002 Tim Fennell
Roseate Spoonbill
More photos of the same roseate spoonbill, on Sept 13, 2002, Photos Copyright 2002 Tim Fennell


July 7, 2002 male Painted Bunting, Photo Copyright 2002 Jenny Rasmussen
Painted Bunting
July 6, 2002 7am Photo of Meadow Lake by Jenny Rasmussen
Meadow Lake Round Rock Texas
July 6, 2002 Snowy Egret, Photo by Jenny Rasmussen
Snowy Egret
July 6, 2002 Juvenile tri-colored heron, Photo by Jenny Rasmussen
Juvenile tri-colored heron
July 4, 2002 Baltimore Oriole in a tree below the dam,
Photo Copyright 2002 Jenny Rasmussen
baltimore oriole
July 4, 2002 Female Baltimore Oriole (and male cardinal also in picture),
Photo Copyright 2002 Jenny Rasmussen
baltimore oriole and cardinal
Cinnamon Teal 2/18/01, Photo Copyright 2001 Tim Fennell
Cinnamon Teal
Hooded Merganser 2/18/01, Photo Copyright 2001 Tim Fennell
Hooded Merganser
Redhead 3/5/01, Photo Copyright 2001 Tim Fennell
Redhead
Common Loon 5/5/01, Photo Copyright 2001 Tim Fennell
Common Loon

Green-backed Heron (click on image for more pictures of the heron)
Photo Copyright 2000 by Jenny Rasmussen
Green Heron


Click here for more photos of Dragonflies at Meadow Lake

10/8/02 birding report by Tim Fennell.
The shorebirds present were:
Semipalmated Plover  (1)
Killdeer (10+)
American Avocet (4)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Least Sandpiper  (21)
Long-billed Dowitcher  (4)
Wilson's Snipe  (3)
This is the most shorebirds I've ever had there.
Other birds included:
Pied-billed Grebe  (30+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (2)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret  (4)
Snowy Egret  (3)
Cattle Egret  (15)
Green Heron (1)
Northern Pintail (2)
Blue-winged Teal  (50+)
Ring-necked Duck (5)
Ruddy Duck (5)
Red-tailed Hawk  (1)
American Coot  (300+)



9/16/02; 5:00 - 6:00 pm; cloudy, 70ís ; 38 species
A decent mix of birds were present at Meadow Lake this evening.Highlights were an Osprey and 6 species of Warblers in the woods below
the dam. - Tim Fennell
Pied-billed Grebe  (15)
Great Egret (8)
Snowy Egret (4)
Little Blue Heron  (3)
Tricolored Heron (1 juvenile)
Green Heron (4)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (4 juveniles)
Roseate Spoonbill (1 juvenile)
Blue-winged Teal (8)
Turkey Vulture (1)
Osprey (1)
American Coot  (12)
Killdeer  (10)
Least Sandpiper  (16)
White-winged Dove (50+)
Mourning Dove (10+)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1)
"Traill's-type" Flycatcher  (1)
Least Flycatcher  (1 calling)
  Empidonax species (3, probable Least)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (10+)
 Swallows (100+, including N. Rough-winged, Bank, Cliff and Barn)
Carolina Chickadee (4)
Black-crested Titmouse (6)
Carolina Wren (2)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2)
Northern Mockingbird (2)
Nashville Warbler (2)
Yellow Warbler  (6)
American Redstart  (2; 1 stunning adult male and 1 juvenile)
Ovenbird (1)
Common Yellowthroat (1)
Wilson's Warbler (4)
Northern Cardinal (8+)
Orchard Oriole  (1)
Baltimore Oriole (1)


Bird Walk Sept 8, 2002
Kathy and Jenny were at Meadow Lake from 4:45 to 7:30 PM.  Below is what we saw.

At the south end of the lake (looking north across the lake on the dam and in the woods below the dam):
- Great Blue Heron
- Killdeer
- Northern Mockingbird
- Mourning Dove
- Turkey Vulture
- Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
- Western Kingbird
- at least three pair of Northern Oriole (at least two pair of Baltimore, and maybe one pair of Bullock's) !!  WOW !!!
- Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
- Black-crested Titmouse (I heard from Rob on Saturday that they've just been broken out into their own species)
- about six Yellow Warbler
- Northern Cardinal
- one juvenile Yellow-billed Cuckoo
- Loggerhead Shrike
- Eastern Kingbird
- American Crow
- Carolina Chickadee
- one White-eyed Vireo
- two Wilson's Warblers
- one male Painted Bunting
- Barn Swallow
- Mallard
- about 20 Pied-billed Grebe
- Great-tailed Grackle

At the north end of the lake (below the school, including and between the two drainages):
- Great Egret
- seven Green Heron
- Common Grackle
- about 20 Snowy Egret
- eight Ibis species (overhead)
- two adult and two juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron (the adults came in at dusk)
- one juvenile Tri-colored Heron
- about 10 Least Sandpiper
- one Pectoral Sandpiper (Thanks, Tim !  Without your class, I would never have been able to tell what these last two shorebirds were !)
- 10 American Coot
- three Common Snipe (I heard from Rob on Saturday that they're now known as Wilson's Snipe, but it will take me a little while to get used to this)
- one Ruddy Duck
- one Lesser Yellowlegs
- 10 Blue-winged Teal



Bird Walk June 23, 2002
Fourteen birders saw 31 species in two hours (6:00 Ė 8:00 PM) on a sunny and hot evening.  Participants were (please excuse any spelling errors):  George Kerr, Jan Williams, Maydell and Sam Fasson, Ann and John Donovan, Barbara and Mel Martin, Judy and John Harrison, Ralph Lansford, Jenny and Rob Rasmussen, and Kathy McCormack.
Species seen were:
Loggerhead Shrike
Barn Swallow
Mourning Dove
Common Grackle
Mallard
Great Egret
Purple Martin
House Sparrow
White-winged Dove
Turkey Vulture
Ruddy Duck
Killdeer
Northern Mockingbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Painted Bunting (male !)
Pied-billed Grebe
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (swooping over the water catching
dragonflies)
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
European Starling
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Western Kingbird
Chimney Swift
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (wading along the shore Ė very cool !)
Little Blue Heron (both adult and molting immature)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (heard only)
Green Heron
Red-winged Blackbird
American Coot (only one ! Ė what a difference from the winter !)
Snowy Egret


Previous bird records (below) generously provided by Tim Fennell. Tim notes, "My record keeping for Meadow Lake has not been as complete for Meadow Lake as those I keep for the Granger area.  These are not complete lists for all birds present but just the birds of most interest to me."

10/31/99
Pied-billed Grebe(20)
Mallard (3)
Northern Pintail (5)
Northern Shoveler  (5)
Gadwall   (200)
American Wigeon  (50)
Canvasback (5)
Redhead (30)
Ring-necked Duck (30)
Lesser Scaup  (10)
Ruddy Duck  (50)
Osprey (1)
American Coot (200)

11/4/99 70ís clear 5:00-  6:00pm
Pied-billed Grebe (40)
Double-crested Cormorant (15)
Great Egret (10)
Green-winged Teal (10)
Mallard (10)
Northern Pintail (30)
Northern Shoveler (40)
Gadwall (200)
American Wigeon  (50)
Canvasback (20)
Redhead (50)
Ring-necked Duck (100)
Lesser Scaup (20)
Hooded Merganser (2)
Ruddy Duck (150)
American Coot (600)
accipitor species (1)
Common Snipe (2)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1)

11/7/99
Pied-billed Grebe (40)
Double-crested Cormorant (1)
Great Egret (8)
Mallard (8)
Gadwall (200)
American Wigeon  (50)
Redhead (2)
Ring-necked Duck (200)
Lesser Scaup (50)
Ruddy Duck (250)
American Coot (700)
accipitor species (1)
Killdeer (5)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
Common Snipe (1)
Mourning Dove (80)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Marsh Wren (1)
American Pipit (2)
Savannah Sparrow (20)
Swamp Sparrow (3)
Red-winged Blackbird (50)
 meadowlark, species (50)
Great-tailed Grackle (50)
Common Grackle (100)

11/11/99; 4-5 pm clear, 80
Pied-billed Grebe(30)
Double-crested Cormorant (20)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (8)
Mallard (3)
Northern Pintail (5)
Northern Shoveler  (5)
Gadwall   (300)
American Wigeon  (100)
Canvasback (25)
Redhead (2)
Ring-necked Duck (100)
Lesser Scaup  (100)
Ruddy Duck  (300)
American Coot (1100)
Killdeer (2)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
Common Snipe (2)
Mourning Dove (80)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Sayís Phoebe (1)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1)
Marsh Wren (1)
Eastern Bluebird (1)
American Pipit (4)
Vesper Sparrow (2)
Savannah Sparrow (10)
Song  Sparrow (3)
Swamp Sparrow (1)
Red-winged Blackbird (50)
 meadowlark, species (50)
Great-tailed Grackle (300)

1/27/00
Merlin (1)

3/29/00:30- 6:15pm, clear, no wind, upper 70ís
Pied-billed Grebe (10)
Eared Grebe (34, about half in alternate pl., feeding as one flock like
cormorants)
Double-crested Cormorant  (15)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret  (1)
Cattle Egret  (21)
Blue-winged Teal  (6)
Cinnamon Teal  (9, 6 drakes)
Northern Shoveler  (20)
Gadwall (8)
American Wigeon  (2)
Lesser Scaup  (15)
Bufflehead (9, 4 drakes)
Ruddy Duck  (40)
American Coot  (200+)
Killdeer  (2)
Least Sandpiper (1)
Common Snipe (1)

4/16/00; 11:30 am -noon; Partly cloudy, 80ís
Pied-billed Grebe  (25)
Eared Grebe  (41)
Little Blue Heron  (1)
Blue-winged Teal (15)
Northern Shoveler  (18)
Gadwall  (12)
Lesser Scaup  (22)
Ruddy Duck  (35)
American Coot  (200+)
Killdeer  (1)
Long-billed Dowitcher   (1)
Mourning Dove (~20)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1)
Barn Swallow (10)
Savannah Sparrow  (1)

7:30- 8:00pm
In addition to morning birds:
Double-crested Cormorant  (3)
Cattle Egret (25)
Green Heron (1)
Least Sandpiper (3)
Purple Martin (10)
European Starling (12)
Red-winged Blackbird  (3)
Eastern Meadowlark (3)
Yellow-headed Blackbird  (1, adult male)
Common Grackle (5)

4/26/00 Sunny, 80s, 5:30- 6:00pm
Pied-billed Grebe (20)
Double-crested Cormorant (2)
Great Egret  (1)
Little Blue Heron (1)
Green Heron (1)
Northern Pintail  (1)
Blue-winged Teal (12)
Northern Shoveler  (1)
Ring-necked Duck  (1 female)
Lesser Scaup  (2)
Bufflehead  (2 females)
Ruddy Duck  (15)
American Coot  (250)
Lesser Yellowlegs  (1)
Franklin's Gull  (55)
Dickcissel  (1)

4/30/00, partly cloudy, 15 mph from south, 80ís 5:30- 6:30pm
Pied-billed Grebe (5)
Great Egret  (2)
Snowy Egret  (1)
Little Blue Heron  (4)
Green Heron (1)
Blue-winged Teal (10)
Northern Shoveler (3)
Gadwall (7)
Lesser Scaup (3)
Ruddy Duck  (10)
Mississippi Kite (9, over the house)
American Coot (200+)
Killdeer (3, including one downy young at running track)
White-winged Dove (2, at house)
Inca Dove (1, at house)
Loggerhead Shrike (2, at running track)
Bewick's Wren (1, at house)

5/2/00, Partly cloudy, still, 70ís, 6- 6:30pm
Pied-billed Grebe  (10+)
Eared Grebe (3)
Anhinga (1female)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret  (5)
Snowy Egret  (6)
Little Blue Heron  (5)
Green Heron (1)
Blue-winged Teal  (30)
Northern Shoveler  (30)
Gadwall (10+)
American Wigeon (2)
Lesser Scaup  (10+)
Common Goldeneye  (1)
Bufflehead  (1)
Ruddy Duck  (20+)
Turkey Vulture  (1)
Mississippi Kite  (2)
American Coot  (300+)
Killdeer  (2)
Lesser Yellowlegs (2)
Spotted Sandpiper  (2)
Least Sandpiper  (6)
Pectoral Sandpiper  (7)
Long-billed Dowitcher (6)
Black Tern (1)

5/8/00 5:00pm
Pied-billed Grebe (5)
Great Egret (2)
Cinnamon Teal (1)
Blue-winged Teal (2)
American Coot (200+)

5/13/00
Pied-billed Grebe  (2)
Great Egret  (2)
Snowy Egret  (1)
Little Blue Heron  (1)
Cattle Egret  (5)
Blue-winged Teal (2)
Cinnamon Teal  (1)
Lesser Scaup   (1)
American Coot   (200+)

5/18/00 6:15 pm
Great Egret  (4)
Snowy Egret  (1)
Green Heron (2)
Tricolored Heron (2)
American Coot (200+)
PB Grebe (5)

5/19/00  2:00pm
PB Grebe (5)
Great Egret  (3)
Little Blue Heron  (1)
Green Heron (1)
Blue-winged Teal (4)
Cinnamon Teal  (1)
American Coot   (200+)
Black Tern (1)

5/21/00 10:45-11:15 AM
PB Grebe (5)
Great Egret  (4)
Little Blue Heron  (1)
Green Heron (1)
Blue-winged Teal (3)
Northern Shoveler (2)
American Coot   (200+)
Black Tern (1)

8/19/00 7:50- 8:10pm
PB Grebe (10)
White Ibis (1 imm)
Great Egret  (10)
Little Blue Heron  (15)
Green Heron (1)
Blue-winged Teal (25)
American Coot   (50+)

9/25/00  6:00-6:30pm
PB Grebe (30+)
Great Egret  (5)
Northern Pintail  (7)
Blue-winged Teal (5)
Ring-necked Duck  (4; 2 male,2  female)
Ruddy Duck  (15)
American Coot   (150+)
Common Snipe (6)
Savannah Sparrow (2)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 adult male)

11/21/00 (quick scan of lake)
Pied-billed Grebe (15+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (100+)
Great Egret  (5+)
Northern Shoveler  (5+)
Gadwall  (15+)
Redhead  (10+)
Ring-necked Duck   (20+)
Bufflehead  (6+)
Ruddy Duck  (100+)
American Coot   (150+)
Belted Kingfisher (1)

11/29/00, 5:30- 6:00pm
Pied-billed Grebe  (10+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (200+)
American Bittern  (1)
Great Blue Heron  (2)
Great Egret  (5)
Mallard   (2)
Northern Shoveler  (20+)
Gadwall (30+)
American Wigeon (5)
Ring-necked Duck (20+)
Bufflehead  (11)
Ruddy Duck  (70+)
American Coot  (200+)
Common Snipe  (20+)
Mourning Dove (5+)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
American Crow (10+)
Savannah Sparrow  (5+)
Le Conte's Sparrow  (1)
  meadowlark, species (50+)

12/3/00, 10:30- 11:30 am; 40ís cloudy; light rain,  intermittent rain; 28
species
Pied-billed Grebe  (20+)
Double-crested Cormorant (50+)
American Bittern  (1)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (3)
Mallard  (4)
Blue-winged Teal  (4)
Northern Shoveler  (8)
Gadwall (20+)
Ring-necked Duck  (2)
Bufflehead  (1)
Ruddy Duck  (100+)
Red-shouldered Hawk  (1 imm)
Red-tailed Hawk (2)
American Coot  (100+)
Killdeer   (2)
Common Snipe  (15+)
Bonaparte's Gull (1)
Ring-billed Gull (100+)
Mourning Dove (2)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1)
American Crow (5)
Marsh Wren (1)
Savannah Sparrow  (10+)
Song Sparrow   (1)
Swamp Sparrow  (6+)
  meadowlark, species  (20+)
Great-tailed Grackle (20+)

12/13/00, 3:30- 4:30pm, 40ís, partly cloudy
Pied-billed Grebe (15+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (150+)
American Bittern  (1)
Great Blue Heron  (3)
Great Egret  (3)
Black-crowned Night-Heron  (2 imm.)
Canada Goose  (2)
Mallard (12)
Northern Pintail (15)
Blue-winged Teal  (4)
Northern Shoveler  (10)
Gadwall  (40+)
American Wigeon (5)
Canvasback (2)
Ring-necked Duck (20)
Lesser Scaup  (2)
Bufflehead  (3)
Ruddy Duck  (100+)
Northern Harrier   (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
American Kestrel  (1)
American Coot  (200+)
Killdeer (1)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
Least Sandpiper  (8)
Common Snipe  (10+)
Ring-billed Gull (20+)
Mourning Dove (10+)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Loggerhead Shrike (1)
Field Sparrow (4)
Vesper Sparrow (2)
Savannah Sparrow  (20+)
Song Sparrow  (8)
Swamp Sparrow  (2)
Red-winged Blackbird  (20+)
  meadowlark, species  (30+)
Great-tailed Grackle (50+)

12/16/00, 8:15- 8:45, 4:45- 5:30 pm; 50ís, windy and sunny; didnít really look
for ducks in morning
Pied-billed Grebe (15+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (150+)
American Bittern  (1)
Great Blue Heron  (2)
Great Egret  (6)
Black-crowned Night-Heron  (3 imm.)
Green-winged Teal (4)
Mallard (5)
Northern Pintail (8)
Northern Shoveler  (10+)
Gadwall  (5+)
American Wigeon (1)
Ring-necked Duck  (10+)
Lesser Scaup  (1)
Bufflehead  (4)
Ruddy Duck  (20+)
American Coot  (50+)
Killdeer  (1)
Common Snipe  (5+)
Ring-billed Gull (20+)
Mourning Dove (5+)
Loggerhead Shrike (1)
American Pipit (5+)
Sprague's Pipit (1)
Vesper Sparrow (1)
Savannah Sparrow  (10+)
Le Conte's Sparrow (1)
Red-winged Blackbird  (20+)
  meadowlark, species  (30+)
Great-tailed Grackle (50+)

1/21/01 50ís partly cloudy, 5 mph; Old Settlerís 3:00- 4:00pm (S), Meadow Lake
4:00- 4:30 pm (M)
Pied-billed Grebe  (1 S, 10+ M)
Double-crested Cormorant   (5 M)
Great Blue Heron  (1 M)
Great Egret   (1 M)
Mallard  (2 M)
Northern Pintail  (4 M)
Cinnamon Teal (2 drakes M)
Northern Shoveler  (10 M)
Gadwall  (5 M)
American Wigeon  (1 M)
Canvasback  (10 S)
Lesser Scaup (2 S, 1 M)
Bufflehead  (4 M)
Ruddy Duck (1 S, 30+ M)
Northern Harrier  (1 S)
American Kestrel  (1 M)
American Coot  (10+ S, 100+ M)
Ring-billed Gull (50+ S, 30+ M)
Belted Kingfisher (1 M)
American Crow (5+ S)
Carolina Chickadee(2+ S)
Hermit Thrush (1 S)
Northern Mockingbird (1 S)
European Starling (30+ S)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (3 S)
Northern Cardinal (5 S)
Spotted Towhee (1 S)
Vesper Sparrow (10 S)
Savannah Sparrow  (3 S)
White-throated Sparrow  (1 S)
Harris' Sparrow   (5 S)
Dark-eyed Junco  (8, including 1 pink sided S)
  meadowlark, species  (20+ M)
Great-tailed Grackle  (5 S)
House Finch  (1 S)
American Goldfinch  (2 S)

1/29/00; 5:45-6:00pm, sunny, N 10-15 mph, 50ís
Pied-billed Grebe  (10+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (30+)
Great Blue Heron  (2+)
Great Egret  (5+)
Mallard  (5+)
Northern Shoveler   (20+)
Gadwall  (10+)
Canvasback  (1)
Bufflehead  (10+)
Hooded Merganser  (1 male)
Ruddy Duck (30+)
American Coot   (100+)
Belted Kingfisher (1)

2/15/00, 10:30- 12:30, rainy, 70ís, Meadow Lake, CR107, Old Settlerís, 38
species
Pied-billed Grebe (5+)
Eared Grebe  (1,  Meadow Lake only)
Double-crested Cormorant (15+)
Great Blue Heron  (2)
Great Egret  ( 3)
Green-winged Teal (20+, CR 107 pond only)
Mallard (10+)
Northern Pintail (50+)
Cinnamon Teal (6, 3 drakes, Meadow Lake only)
Northern Shoveler (50+)
Gadwall (50+)
American Wigeon  (20+)
Lesser Scaup  (10+)
Bufflehead  (20+)
Ruddy Duck  (70+)
Northern Harrier  (1)
Red-tailed Hawk  (2)
American Kestrel  (2)
American Coot (200+)
Killdeer  (50+)
Least Sandpiper (3, CR 107 pond only)
Ring-billed Gull (5+,  Meadow Lake only)
Rock Dove (20+)
Mourning Dove (20+)
Loggerhead Shrike (1)
American Crow (20+)
Purple Martin  (1,  Meadow Lake only)
European Starling (10+)
Northern Cardinal (2)
Savannah Sparrow  (3, Meadow Lake only)
Song Sparrow  (3, Meadow Lake only)
Swamp Sparrow   (1, Meadow Lake only)
Dark-eyed Junco  (2, house only)
Red-winged Blackbird  (50+)
  meadowlark, species  (50+)
Great-tailed Grackle  (10+)
Common Grackle (500+)
Brown-headed Cowbird  (100+)

2/18/01, 3:00- 3:45PM, 60ís, sunny; 26  species
Pied-billed Grebe  (10+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (10+)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret  (1)
Mallard  (10+)
Cinnamon Teal (4, 3 drakes)
Northern Shoveler  (20+)
Gadwall  (10+)
American Wigeon (5+)
Redhead  (3)
Ring-necked Duck (2)
Lesser Scaup (10+)
Bufflehead  (20+)
Hooded Merganser  (5, 1 drake)
Ruddy Duck   (100+)
Red-tailed Hawk  (1)
American Coot  (100+)
Sandhill Crane  (55, flying over)
Killdeer  (10+)
Greater Yellowlegs  (2)
Common Snipe  (1)
Ring-billed Gull (75+)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Savannah Sparrow  (5+)
Red-winged Blackbird  (20+)
  meadowlark, species  (50+)

2/26/01, 4:30-4:45pm, cloudy, 60ís, 21 species
Pied-billed Grebe  (3)
Eared Grebe  (2)
Double-crested Cormorant (20+)
Great Egret  (1)
Green-winged Teal  (20+)
Northern Pintail (10+)
Cinnamon Teal  (2, 1 drake)
Northern Shoveler  (15+)
Gadwall  (15+)
Canvasback  (2)
Redhead (2)
Ring-necked Duck  (20+)
Lesser Scaup  (15+)
Bufflehead (10+)
Hooded Merganser  (1 immature or female)
Ruddy Duck (100+)
American Coot (100+)
Killdeer  (10+)
Greater Yellowlegs  (1)
Least Sandpiper  (10+)
Common Snipe  (5+)

3/1/01, 5:30- 6:00pm, 40ís, cloudy
Pied-billed Grebe (25+)
Eared Grebe  (2)
Double-crested Cormorant  (50+)
Great Egret  (1)
Green-winged Teal (3)
Blue-winged Teal (25+)
Cinnamon Teal  (16, 8 drakes)
Northern Shoveler (20+)
Gadwall (10+)
Canvasback (3)
Redhead  (200+)
Lesser Scaup  (40+)
Bufflehead (20+)
Ruddy Duck (150+)
Northern Harrier  (1 male)
American Coot  (200+)
Killdeer  (20+)
Common Snipe  (20+)
Barn Swallow (50+)
Western Meadowlark`(1 singing)

3/10/01; noon- 12:30pm, windy, cloudy, 60ís, 4+ boats
Pied-billed Grebe (10+)
Eared Grebe (5, 1 in full alternate)
Double-crested Cormorant  (10)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret  (2)
Green-winged Teal  (2)
Blue-winged Teal (4)
Cinnamon Teal  (8, 4 drakes)
Northern Shoveler  (30+)
Gadwall  (5)
Ring-necked Duck  (5)
Lesser Scaup  (20+)
Bufflehead (20+)
Ruddy Duck  (100+)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Ferruginous Hawk
American Coot  (100+)
Sandhill Crane  (75+ flying over, 600+ flying over recycling center about an
later)
Killdeer  (5+)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)

3/18/01, 4:20- 4:45pm, 40ís!, cloudy
Pied-billed Grebe (10+)
Eared Grebe (1)
Double-crested Cormorant  (1)
Great Egret  (1)
Green-winged Teal (2)
Northern Pintail  (1)
Blue-winged Teal  (5)
Cinnamon Teal  (3)
Northern Shoveler   (30+)
Gadwall  (20+)
Ring-necked Duck (3)
Lesser Scaup (5)
Bufflehead (10+)
Ruddy Duck (100+)
Osprey  (1)
American Coot  (300+)
Killdeer  (2)
Least Sandpiper  (15+)
Common Snipe (20+)
Ring-billed Gull (1)

3/29/01, 5:20- 5:45pm, 50ís, partly coudy
Pied-billed Grebe (10+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (2)
Great Egret  (1)
Green-winged Teal (2)
Blue-winged Teal (10+)
Cinnamon Teal  (8)
Northern Shoveler  (40+)
Gadwall (5+)
American Wigeon (2)
Lesser Scaup  (20+)
Bufflehead (12)
Ruddy Duck  (100+)
American Coot  (200+)
Barn Swallow (100+)

4/13/01
Little Blue Heron (1)

4/16/01, 9:00- 9:30 am, 70ís, partly cloudy
Pied-billed Grebe  (10+)
American White Pelican  (100+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (1)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (4)
Snowy Egret  (2)
Cattle Egret  (8)
Blue-winged Teal (10+)
Northern Shoveler  (4)
Lesser Scaup (1)
Ruddy Duck  (6)
American Coot  (50+)
Killdeer  (2)

4/18/01 , 7:15- 7:30pm, 60ís, sunny
Pied-billed Grebe  (20+)
Eared Grebe  (3)
Double-crested Cormorant  (3)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Cattle Egret (5)
Snow Goose (1, dark phase)
Blue-winged Teal  (10)
Northern Shoveler  (5)
Lesser Scaup  (8)
Ruddy Duck  (15)
American Coot  (50+)
Common Snipe  (1)

4/24/01, 4:30- 4:50 pm, Sunny, 70ís
Pied-billed Grebe(10+)
Eared Grebe  (8+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (6)
Great Blue Heron (10
Great Egret (5)
Little Blue Heron  (1)
White-faced Ibis  (3)
Blue-winged Teal (10+)
Northern Shoveler (5+)
Redhead (1)
Lesser Scaup (1)
Ruddy Duck  (20+)
American Coot  (200+)
Franklin's Gull (25+)

4/29/01; 3:15- 3:00PM, 70ís, sunny
Pied-billed Grebe  (5+)
Eared Grebe  (1)
Great Blue Heron  (1)
Little Blue Heron (1)
Plegadis species (1)
Northern Shoveler (2)
Redhead (1)
Lesser Scaup (6)
American Coot  (20)
Killdeer  (2)
Eastern Kingbird (1)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (2)

5/5/01; 2:45- 3:15 pm, 7:00- 7:30 pm, 70ís, cloudy
Common Loon  (1)
Pied-billed Grebe (4)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret  (4)
Green Heron  (1)
 Blue-winged Teal (12)
Lesser Scaup (5)
Crested Caracara (1)
American Coot  (10+)
Killdeer (4+)
Forster's Tern (9)

5/6/01; 6:45-7:00pm, Cloudy, 60ís
Common Loon  (1)
Pied-billed Grebe (2)
Double-crested Cormorant  (1)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Cattle Egret  (1)
Blue-winged Teal (12)
Lesser Scaup (5)
American Coot  (10+)
Killdeer (2+)

5/9/01; 6:00- 6:15pm, sunny, 70ís
Pied-billed Grebe  (10)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret  (2)
Snowy Egret  (1)
Little Blue Heron (1)
Cattle Egret (20+)
Lesser Scaup  (1)
American Coot  (20+)
Killdeer  (2)
Forster's Tern (3)

8/11/01; 7:30- 8:00 pm, sunny, 90ís
Pied-billed Grebe  (15+, including juveniles)
Great Blue Heron  (3)
Great Egret  (10+)
Snowy Egret (1)
Little Blue Heron (8+, 6+ juveniles)
Tricolored Heron (2 juveniles)

8/28/01; 6:00-6:15 pm, 80ís, cloudy
Pied-billed Grebe (10)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (3)
Snowy Egret  (2)
Little Blue Heron  (4)
Tricolored Heron (1 juv)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (5, 2 juv)
Dark Ibis  species (5)
Duck  species (20+)
Black Tern (19)

11/11/01; 11:00- 11:30 am, 70ís, partly cloudy, calm
Pied-billed Grebe (10+)
Double-crested Cormorant  (20+)
Great Egret  (4)
Greater White-fronted Goose (2)
Green-winged Teal  (30+)
Northern Pintail (80+)
Northern Shoveler  (30+)
Gadwall  (50+)
American Wigeon (20+)
Canvasback (40+)
Redhead  (200+)
Ring-necked Duck (150+)
Lesser Scaup (50+)
Ruddy Duck  (200+)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
American Coot  (500+)
Belted Kingfisher (1)

12/8/01
Common Goldeneye (1 drake)

3/15/02
Pied-billed Grebe (23)
Double-crested Cormorant  (20+)
Great Blue Heron  (1)
Great Egret  (2)
Green-winged Teal  (10+))
Blue-winged Teal (5+)
Cinnamon Teal (4)
Gadwall (20+)
Redhead (2)
Lesser Scaup  (20+)
Bufflehead (28)
Ruddy Duck (40+)
American Coot (100+)

3/20/02
Common Goldeneye (1)
Bufflehead (41)

4/22/02
Eared Grebes (5)
Cinnamon Teal (2 drakes)
Franklinís Gull (50+)
Forsterís Tern (2)

5/20/02
Pied-billed Grebe (3)
Eared Grebe  (1)
Great Egret  (1)
Redhead (4)
Lesser Scaup (2)
Ruddy Duck (4)
American Coot  (2)

5/25/02
Pied-billed Grebe (4)
Great Egret  (3)
Redhead (4)
Ruddy Duck (9)



My old web site on Meadow Lake was written when I was pretty new to birding.  Here are some excerpts from that site.
Notes May 20, 2000 by Jenny Rasmussen.  Awesome day with my brand new kayak!  This was my first time I saw a green-backed heron.  I spent at least an hour watching it fish.  It stood on a branch about a foot off the water and bent down with its head toward the water watching diligently for fish.  Its orange legs and feet were very striking.  It caught one pretty big fish, so it was fun to watch it eat that one.  There was also a green-backed heron on the other side of the lake nearest to my house.  On May 23rd I saw 8 of them at the lake!  I guess they must usually be here but I just hadn't noticed them until now because they're so still and blend in with the surroundings.
Green Heron
Green-backed Heron
(click on image for more pictures of the heron)
Photo Copyright 2000 by Jenny Rasmussen

Birding notes June 26, 2000 by Jenny Rasmussen:  It was about 7pm, and I had my first sighting of a night heron.  The bird had immature plumage (gray) and yellowish gray legs.  The first thing I noticed about it was that it had HUGE ORANGE eyes.  The eyes were a very striking orange color (much different and brighter than yellow eyes of some other herons) and they had a small black band around them and a black center.  It was awesome!  It was really neat when it would close its eyes because it looked like a shutter was opening and closing.  It stood still on a branch really close to me for a long time. It had pretty long legs and it's neck was medium sized in length.  A few minutes later it and another bird that looked similar in flight flew off together.  I'm not sure, but it looked like the other bird had black and white on its head, so it was probably the adult male Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
 

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Jenny Rasmussen's class report on Meadow Lake:
Table of Contents
Report
Appendix A