The Kleinstuck Preserve Spring Bird Survey has begun again! I started surveying on Tuesday the 21st because I was going to be gone on vacation for the first week of surveys and wanted to get one done before I left. Two volunteers and a staff member covered Kleinstuck for the first week while I was absent. I think one word summarizes the first 10 days of surveying this year and that would be wet. Lots of rain and overcast days and a couple survey days were cancelled due to weather conditions. However, we were still able to find 52 species with most of the normal early season migrants around. Birding, like most things in life, is about being in the correct place at the correct time like seeing a pair of Trumpeter Swans briefly take shelter in the small wetland in Kleinstuck or happening to look up at the correct time to see the Double-crested Cormorant and Ring-billed Gull fly over.
– by John Brenneman, Research