I spent a few days scouting for the Big Day with my team plus with the DVOC Loons. Friday was awesome! We saw a ton of birds including 5 "life birds" like Red Phalarope and Gray-cheeked Thrush plus a dozen warblers and other "First of Year" birds too. We also helped the Loons stake out a Barn Owl.
|Scouting at Higbee|
We were all set to top last year's total of 144 birds. We went to bed early in anticipation of starting our big day at 2:30 AM. Imagine how disappointed we were when it started to rain just as we left.
There were a few breaks in the weather.
|Nerds and dogs birding Cox Hall Creek|
|Binoculars are no use in torrential rain|
We ended the day as it began - in the dark with threatening skies and rain. We ended with 3 new birds at the Meadows - Woodcock, Virginia Rail and Green-winged Teal which brought the total for the day to 136 which is 6 fewer than last year but 36 more that I thought we would get while sitting in the car waiting out the rain.
|Clouds over the Meadows at dusk|