Bird Sightings at Bowser Lake

by Pat Jaquith
pat@westvalleynaturalists.org

Bowser Lake is a shallow lake in a bentonite depression in the western part of Pig Farm; with only meltwater or rain to fill it, it evaporates rapidly, but it attracts an interesting variety of birds while it has water.

American Pipits often stop here in their spring migration. I saw this flock in early May, 2020.
In July a number of Yellowlegs found the shallow water perfect for wading and feeding
Killdeer usually nest and raise their chicks on the shoreline; there were several families sharing the site with the Yellowlegs.
By the middle of August, Bowser was a desert, and Elk tracks frozen in clay were the only signs of life.

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