Today was our final survey in the Kinloch Wild field. We spent the morning conducting our spot survey and mapped the breeding activity at each site, so it was a wonderful four-hour adventure as we crisscrossed the fields looking for nesting evidence and birds feeding young. In addition to viewing our standard residents—such as Red-winged Blackbirds, Field Sparrows, Gold Finches, Orchard Orioles, Mockingbirds, etc.,—we had the pleasure of watching a young bald eagle catching his breakfast in the pond. We’ve gotten to know many of the individuals at Kinloch Wild over the past four weeks, so it was bittersweet to know this was our last outing. But with the fledglings in flight, the thistle in bloom and the warm season grasses maturing, it’s time to move on to other sites and new adventures.
June 3, 2011