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15625Re: Catching up bigtime

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  • Greg
    Sep 1, 2008
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      PS I also found 14 Marsh Wren, up from an average of 1...not to
      shabby.



      --- In Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com, "Greg" <skyman845@...> wrote:
      >
      > hello 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
      > thought
      >
      > Greg Kratzig
      >
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