It was a lovely day on the mountain except for the many bugs that bit and tortured most of the participants. In next year’s newsletter we should have a reminder to bring bug spray on this trip in particular.
I found an abundance of crows during the morning and think they might be affecting the numbers of birds in the area. Highlights of the day may have been the excellent views of Purple martins and Violet- greens over the pond and fields and teenager coots on the pond and perhaps the Western pee-wee which posed for the group and showed all his sides. Up close and personal.
21 birders helped to find the following :
Doane Pond and environs:
Nature trail and camp ground:
Picnic area and park entrance:
This may come to 31 species for the day. Eve Martin has thoughtfully posted two reports on ebird if you are inclined to check them out. They include three photos.