Monday April 27, 2020: 20 new birds of 4 species; 13 recaps.  New species:  American Goldfinch.  Bird of the day was Ruby-crowned Kinglet with 14 new bands.

Yesterday’s rain continued through the early morning, and it kept us closed for the first four hours of our scheduled day.  When we could finally open, things were hopping! Ruby-crowned Kinglets were again everywhere in the bushes, and they were joined by White-throated Sparrows scratching on the ground below.

Unfortunately, the rain also gifted us with something less pleasant . . . mud.  Early in the spring, our trails are often relatively dry, but it isn’t long before they are a muddy squishy mess.  In exceptionally bad years, we are forced to wear muck boots through the end of May as we slog through the mud that is ankle deep in places.  This year, most of the trails have been passable and we’ve worn muck boots mostly for convenience.  But now, they are almost mandatory as there are standing puddles and sticky quagmires in several locations.  We’re keeping our head up and our chin down . . . or is it that we’re keeping our chin up and our head down?  Whichever it is, we’re trying to stay positive as we try not to lose a boot!

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-Andrea Patterson