Sorry I haven’t posted much lately but I have been using extra time to be out in the field.
This past weekend I scrapped birding and exercise and used the car to check out many areas in preparation for next Saturday Johnson County Big May Day count. I am glad I did because a couple of the grassland areas have been plowed under and are now farm ground. And if we don’t get rain this week, a couple of the areas could be good for shorebirds will be dry. But I did find a couple of new areas for shorebirds.
And I didn’t do any bushwhacking but still had FOY mosquitoes and ticks.
For the weekend I added 14 FOY birds with the highlight probably being a Black-billed Cuckoo at Johnson County Park that called for well over a minute. I waited and tried for over 30 minutes to get a look but to no avail. If history is any indication I might not see/hear one more this year.
Hear is the Black-billed Cuckoo calling on my voice recorder. The noise at the start is me cranking up the volume. You will also to hear it in the background.
And I am finally starting to learn to use the camera better. Here are a few pictures from the weekend.
And I also actually keep track of the number of species this time of year since I was getting ready for the count. I ended up in the mid-90’s and really didn’t hit any good migrant areas. So next weekend looks promising if the weather will cooperate.