Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fargo Sewage Lagoons

On the 19th of May we had an extra day to do some birding in Fargo and decided to check out some areas around Fargo. We found Fargo Sewage Lagoons; there had been some eBird reports of Wilson's Phalarope, so we thought we'd check it out.

When we found it and climbed over the fence we spotted almost nothing expect some Common Grackles, Tree Swallows, and Killdeer. At this water treatment area there are six ponds, in the first set of ponds there was some Canvasback, Scaups, and Eared Grebe!That's a new year bird; #268. But the third and forth ponds had American Coots and Mallards in them, Killdeer and Black-bellied Plovers walking on the pathway. Then a pair of Trumpeter Swans flew overhead! Lifer! #269
Black-bellied Plover
Trumpeter Swans

Black Tern

Next we spotted some Black Terns flying over the ponds, probably eating bugs; yummy! #270

Wilson's Phalarope

We finally spotted the Wilson's Phalarope! There was at least 40 if not more of them! They didn't let us get too close either. #271


Then a group of Dunlins flew in with there fresh breeding plumage. 

Semipalmated Sandpiper

We also spotted some Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, and Semipalmated Sandpiper. New bird! #272

Baird's Sandpiper
#273 for our big year is a Baird's Sandpiper! 

Happy Birding!!


  1. Thanks! My next entry will be even more exciting!!

  2. Your bird count is delightful to me. I don't get off the farm much so basically except for the Christmas count, I just see what I can see around the place. It is fun to travel vicariously with you folks.

  3. Glad you enjoy the journey! It's so much fun to see different birds and the ones we've already seen as well. Still got 2 more birds we saw recently to post about! Glad you enjoy our blog!