Paul Spitzer called and asked if I could go out Looning again. He said that even negative data is data, which I remember from my long-ago course in Experimental Design. After being out of town all week, I was too tired to head out on Saturday and got up early this morning to head down to the refuge.
Neither Paul Spitzer nor my long-ago Experimental Design instructor mentioned the part about having to get up at 4:45 am. Perhaps, if the Governor calls a special session, this could be addressed as part of educational reform.
I went through the gates at 6:06 am. Chuck-wills-widows were common, Great-horned Owls were calling and there were a lot of bats, Mexican Freetails, I think.
I saw only ten loons, three of which decided against migration. There were many fewer Soras and Clappers calling. I saw only one Horned Grebe.
Breeding birds are easily seen; Marsh Wren, Seaside sparrow, Least Bittern. Otherwise, it was a quiet and slightly buggy morning.
Mounds Pool Trail
Common Yellowthroat (in heath scrub, so possibly a migrant)
Fire Tower Pond (very quiet, water level was high)
Black-necked Stilt (three birds)
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