15625Re: Catching up bigtime
- Sep 1, 2008PS I also found 14 Marsh Wren, up from an average of 1...not to
--- 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
> 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
> 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
> mugs of Tims. I logged 52 species in 5 hours of birding and added
> species for me to the route. I was thrilled to find a single
> Pileated Woodpecker, and early in the morning this brd decided I
> 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,
> me some crippling looks at it before it flew back across the road.
> 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,
> 2 Virginia Rail were average as well. I did not pick up Yellow
> as I had in the past 2 years. Wilson's Snipe were slightly down
> 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
> Greg Kratzig
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