|Solitary Sandpiper - note the white spectacles and white spots|
Herrick Reservoir is a smallish man-made lake in the north end of the Round Valley area of Idaho. Some locals refer to it as Skunk Lake - and we could see why as we saw two skunks there one evening. The highlight of the two visits we made to this reservoir had to be three not-so-solitary Solitary Sandpipers. Several Osprey hunted over the waters and I watched one snag a fish. A Double-crested Cormorant perched on an old pine snag out on the water. Killdeer and Least Sandpipers cruised the shoreline. A flock of non-breeding plumage Ruddy Ducks and Common Mergansers rafted around the lake. This is another under-birded location in Idaho with loads of potential.
|The roads into Herrick Reservoir are pretty rutted out. Four-wheel drive vehicles can make it without any problem, but the family minivan would not. Our girls had fun running up and down the sides of the ruts.|
|My youngest Claire cried herself to sleep in my arms after accidentally slipping into the water. I had to set her down to clean Kyle's fish and she looked so cute on the bank that I had to snap this shot.|