Birding: Rankin Bottoms holds and attracts full complements of species dependent on mudflats and forested wetlands. There are at least three active Osprey nests within the wildlife management area and several additional ones nearby. This is a premier site for birding in the fall with low lake levels, a steady stream of shorebirds use the mudflats until migration is over. Common to abundant birds during the late summer and early fall include Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Killdeer, Semipalmated Plovers, Least, Semipalmated, Western, Pectoral, Spotted, Solitary, and Stilt Sandpipers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitcher, and several species of swallows. Regularly occurring but less numerous species include Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Peregrine Falcon, Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, American Avocet, Willet, Spotted, Solitary, Baird’s and Buff-breasted Sandpipers, and Caspian Tern. Rare species seen include American White Pelican, Reddish Egret, Wood Stork, Glossy Ibis, Piping Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Marbled Godwit and Ruff, and Sabine’s Gull.