Friday, June 13, 2014

Research Roundup: Week of 6/9/14


Went to do a bird survey at the Earth Conservancy Property in Newport - the "ballfield site." I left after the second point. A perfect trifecta of biting insects: mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and black flies. I was a total pansy and left the field after 12 minutes. 

I left and went to the SGL119, what we've been calling the Francis Walter Dam site - although the dam is a few miles away. That was a nice day. Caught a few birds and got to hang with the executive director of the Wild Resources Conservation Fund. Most of the grassland is managed by Pheasants Forever (note that pheasants were imported from Asia and are not native) and I finally saw a hen. 


Did my bird survey at the ballfield site - one of my favorite birding places in Pennsylvania. Lots of Grasshopper Sparrows, Indigo Buntings, and at least three Yellow-breasted Chats. I don't know what it is about this species but they hate being photographed. 



Nescopeck State Park to do a survey. Saw a pair of Whip-poor-wills on Francis Lake Road. Super cool! Lot's of Least Flycatchers on the trail from the silo on Honey Hole Road. Veerys were all over - everywhere. 


Nescopeck State Park to make up two missed points because of rain. Nothing beyond the typical there. Then went on to SGL 221 to clear a path to do points. Got lost, it was raining, got completely soaked. I mean soaked. Colleen was a great sport. We were beat. 


Woke up at 330 to survey Ricketts Glen but called off because of rain and couldn't fall back asleep. So it was a zombie day. 

Not even halfway done with bird surveys. 

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