I woke up to some pretty heavy fog this morning. I had planned to start my bird surveys early, but if you can’t see the birds you certainly can’t count them. There was a RV volunteer work day scheduled to clean the Connex today. That was something I was hoping to avoid. I don’t know why it’s called a Connex , but it’s a big storage unit that reminds me of a 20-25’ long railroad car without wheels. There was all sorts of stuff inside of it, and not very organized at all.
We ended up with more than a pick-up load of garbage for the dump along with quite a few pounds for the recycle place. Some of the stuff had been moldering away in there for over five years. Stephanie, the volunteer coordinator, hates to throw anything away, so it was a good thing there were five of us old geezers to show her how to down size.
Northern Shoveler drake
By 10:30, we were finished, and the sun had burned off all of the fog. Still plenty of time to do my surveys, so off I went. Today seemed to be a green-winged teal day for me. I found them in six of the seven survey blocks, and one of the blocks had at least 1200 of them.
In between counting and documenting all of the waterbirds, I get a chance to observe some of the species close up. It’s always interesting to me to see what they’re doing. This gadwall spent quite a bit of time grooming himself.
“Ah, that feels better!”
Tomorrow is the Christmas Bird Count on the refuge, and I’ll have to be to the VIS by 7:00. Since the VIS is over 20 miles away, that means I’ll have to set my alarm for 5:30. Yuck! I think it’s going to be just as foggy tomorrow as it was today, so I think a 9:00 start time makes more sense. I’m just a worker bee though, so that decision is out of my hands.
Guess I’d better make a lunch to take along before I hit the hay tonight. I don’t want to have to think about doing that so early in the morning.
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy