15623Catching up bigtime
- Sep 1, 2008hello all, looked at the calendar today and could not believe that
it is September already, it appears that I have in effect missed the
past 2 months.
Anywho, I completed my usual BBS (BreedingBird Survey)route
(Willowbrook) at the end of June...one of these days I will try to
get it done in early June. The weather was better than perfect with
a few clouds, +11, and with a wind speed of less than calm.
Started my count at 4:01 in the A of M, and had two steaming travel
mugs of Tims. I logged 52 species in 5 hours of birding and added 7
species for me to the route. I was thrilled to find a single
Pileated Woodpecker, and early in the morning this brd decided I was
not a threat and allowed some great looks. A Black-billed Cuckcoo
floated across the road landed in a tree, and as Bob would say, gave
me some crippling looks at it before it flew back across the road. I
think this is the first time I have seen this species in about 15
years. Also new wre Mountain Bluebirds (1 pair), and two Eastern
Wood Peewee in two seperate locations.
American Bittern Numbers were way way down with only 9 birds found
out of 50 stops. Sora numbers were average with 37 individuals, and
2 Virginia Rail were average as well. I did not pick up Yellow Rail
as I had in the past 2 years. Wilson's Snipe were slightly down this
year with only 26 individuals found. Also way off were Black Tern
with 28 individuals found.
Overall it was a great time and as always look forward to doing it
all over again in 2009.
PS there are still routes available for next year so give it some
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