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“My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.” 

-- Loire Hartwould

By Sonya Giroux, April 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Bird-chirping weather is here, and the birds are chirp, chirp, chirping at Swan Lake Nature Study Area! I took my three-year-old son to visit our favorite birding spot on Easter Sunday, and as usual, we were not disappointed. The liquid notes of a meadowlark greeted us as we started down the path towards the wetlands. We watched the flap-flap-soar pattern of several northern harriers across the open fields, and it wasn’t long before the raspy yellow-headed blackbirds and melodious red-wing blackbirds greeted us at the floating boardwalk, along with dainty, hopping marsh wrens. Nesting ducks and geese gave us the stink-eye as we neared the end of the boardwalk, where we were also treated to a pair of northern shovelers and several avocets and coots feeding in the shallow waters.

While we weren’t disappointed in the birds, we were, however, disappointed to see Horse Creek collecting so much garbage. Humans truly do know how to spoil their own nest! We hope you’ll join with our neighbors for the Great Truckee Meadows Community Clean-Up and Weed Pull on Saturday, May 10th. Nevada Land Trust staff will be out at nearby Silver Lake, but volunteers are also needed at Swan Lake to help remove debris and pull invasive weeds that threaten this Audubon-designated Important Bird Area. Contact Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful at 851-5185 or for details. And get out and enjoy bird-chirping weather!

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