We had a beautiful day for the first count of the season. As always the setting sun put a golden patina on the marsh. Several Great Egrets looked a pale blue as they came in to land, then turned white before then dipped below view. Forty-eight egrets were counted but most of them left the sanctuary and headed north before sunset.
Notable species included a Common Nighthawk and 9 warblers found by Don & Robyn walking the trail and the marsh. We also had lots of raptor activity with four Northern Harriers (most immature), a Bald Eagle, several Red-tailed Hawks, and lots of Turkey Vultures to remind us to keep moving while we watched for cranes.
Crane counters: Don Henise, Robyn Henise, and Gary Siegrist
Great Blue Heron
American Black Duck
Black-throated Blue Warbler **