Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer stuff

Now that the Big Day madness is over, it's time to look ahead to the summer. I have a few bird-related plans to get my mind off what promises to be a hectic summer at work (being short-staffed in the orthopedic department during the trauma season should be interesting).

Over the next few weeks I'll be participating in two bird surveys. One is the USGS Breeding Bird Survey, for which I'll be tackling the "Westbrook" route. The other is the Tyler Mills (private property) section of Wallingford for the Greater New Haven Breeding Bird Atlas. This will be the first time I've participated in either a BBS or BBA, so I'm really looking forward to contributing. I'll post my results here.

On June 16-19th I'll be leading a CAS trip to Baxter State Park in Maine. It promises to be spectacular for breeding birds. I'm pretty sure there's still room left, and the more the merrier, so check it out if you're interested. You can also click on the Maine label in the right-hand column of this blog to find my trip report from last year's Maine adventure, which included almost two days at Baxter.

Looking way ahead to August, I've signed up for the Brookline Bird Club's overnight pelagic to the Continental shelf edge scheduled for the 27th-28th. I have done the single-day version of this trip several times but missed out on last year's overnight version, during which they recorded 22 (!) White-faced Storm-Petrels among an amazing variety of other Atlantic seabirds and cetaceans.

Otherwise I hope to enjoy the end of the spring shorebird migration, which ends just a couple weeks before the "fall" migration begins around the 4th of July!

- NB

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