A total of zero people showed up for my Jay Walk at Melton Hill Park yesterday
morning and we had a blast! Me, myself and I arrived extra early, 7 a.m., just
in time to hear the AMERICAN WOODCOCKS a-peentin' and a-chirpin' across the
foggy landscape. Then, shortly after 8:00, I led my non-existent group on a
nice walk around the peninsula, sighting nearly 40 species. Don't believe me?
Just ask the people that weren't there! Highlights include a NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD hopping along the pavement near my shoe; a snowball-butt NORTHERN
HARRIER gliding over a field of golden grasses; a massive flock of COMMON
GRACKLES working the trees along the shoreline, their chatter poking holes in
the fog's thick silence; a GREAT BLUE HERON moving through the mist like the
world's slowest pterodactyl; two HERMIT THRUSHES... because, thrushes; and
finally, near the end, ANOTHER BIRDER, a fine individual who, for various
reasons, arrived late but arrived nonetheless. So we talked, watched the
harrier for a bit, then went our separate ways.
And that was that!
Here's my eBird checklist for the morning:
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