Posted by Matthew Sim
Last Sunday, my family decided to spend some time at Frank Lake for Father’s Day. This birding hotspot has featured in many of our posts before but even so, one can never tire of visiting the lake. During every season, something of interest can be seen there and Father’s Day was no exception. As we parked the car and headed down to the blind, we were astonished by the multitude of winged creatures around us; Common Terns, American Coots, Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Ruddy Ducks and Wilson’s Phalaropes were among the birds we saw.
Forster’s Terns appeared to be nesting in the reeds near the blind and many were fishing in the waters all around us.
While walking along the boardwalk, we stopped to admire this Muskrat munching on a reed just feet away from us.
We thought we were seeing some great things, which we were, but when we got to the blind, we saw something that was truly amazing.
There were several families of Eared Grebes hanging out around the blind; the mothers playing taxi to their young chicks while the fathers dove and swam about, gathering food for the young.
Occasionally, the mothers would shake the chicks off their backs; either tired of carrying their young charges or attempting to get them practicing swimming.
While we were watching the grebes, activity went on as always with the other birds and there were many White-faced Ibises flying by us.
Eventually, we had to leave, though it was quite hard to tear ourselves away from the blind. Good birds were still to be seen on the way out though as we spotted a singing LeConte’s Sparrow by the parking area near the blind, the Trumpeter Swan near the sewage outfall who has been there for some time, at least 3 pairs of American Avocets by the sewage outfall and a singing Western Meadowlark perched on a fencepost.
If you can, I would really recommend getting out to Frank Lake soon as the birds are simply amazing right now.