I spent about 2.5-3 hours out and about Utley this morning and had some good luck with a few birds. I was out on my road around 5:30 and already before it was even light, I could hear martins overhead...If they are from the Austin roost I have to wonder what time they left the roost to travel that 30 miles or so. There were two best birds of the morning, The first was an returning Upland Sandpiper on a neighbor's property...I usually do not have them for 2-3 weeks there.. The second was a heard only loud Swainson's Warbler still singing it's "Pooh-Pooh Step-in the Pooh" song! Even when they were more common in the county, I don't know that I have ever heard one singing like that in July, They are usually heading back south by about now with the local population usually gone or gone silent by the 10-12th. That bird really made my day. A flock of 6-7 Orchard Orioles were for sure headed south, and I heard Couch's Kingbird(s) on the same property as the Upland Sandpiper. Last night ( and in part this AM) there Chuck-wills, Barred and Screech Owls all calling here and over the past few days have noticed there are an increasing number of waders coming up from the coastal plain, including a lone Wood Stork south of Elgin yesterday. BTW There is a Red-necked Stint in Kansas, so I figure it will have to make its way thru here. -- Brush Freeman Independent and affiliated Field Biologist 361-655-7641 http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/ Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas The greatest musician of all time is mother nature.