4 April 2011- 9 April 2011
It was a good week this week. The weather was nice when it needed to be and I had enough time to help out on a couple of projects again.
I was able to help out on another Prairie Chicken lek survey. This time I was in Ringgold County so I got to sleep in till 5am. It was a wonderful morning with no wind and a starting temp in the 50’s, couldn’t have asked for more. I was able to hear some chickens this time, unfortunately they were all on known lek sites, so I didn’t find any new areas with chickens.
I also helped out on the second half of the Bald Eagle survey for Ringgold, Adams and Decatur Counties. It was a shorter flight this time (we finished over half of the survey the first time around), but a bumpier ride with the winds really pushing our plane. Like the first time, we came up empty on eagle nests, but that still doesn’t mean that there are none here, just that they weren’t in our survey. Hopefully in a few years when this is done again they will find a few nests.
Saturday was Prairie Chicken Day down here at the Kellerton Bird Conservation Area. There was a pretty good showing; the parking lot and viewing platform were both filled. The day started out foggy, which is always disappointing when you
are trying to see birds, fortunately half of the fun is being able to hear them boom. Hearing them through the fog was amazing. Then the sun started to finally push back the fog and we could see the silhouettes of the birds and by the end, the fog was finally gone and we were able to get a good view of the chickens.
This was also a good week for seeing wildlife. I managed to kick up another Short-Eared Owl which is always fun to see. I also saw some Blue-Winged Teals and a Northern Shoveler. There was also a Red Fox bounding through a slightly forested area. Where there is good news there is also bad news, unfortunately, tick season is here as well pulling 4 of them off of me this week.