18 April 2011 – 22 April 2011
With the first round of surveys done and the second round not coming up until May 15, I don’t get out into the field as much as I would like. Fortunately, I still had one lek survey and a few reports of Prairie Chicken to investigate.
The lek survey was the second one in Adams County. I was up at 4 and on the road by 4:30 so I could start my survey on time. It was a wonderful day for listening to birds with almost no wind, but there was a constant threat of rain that I was hoping would hold off. The rain did hold off and I finished my second round, but unfortunately, like the first round, there were no birds observed.
I also investigated two reports of Prairie Chicken. One out in Adams County just North of Corning and the second one in Decatur Country a little Southeast of Garden Grove. In Garden Grove I went out with the observer that called in the Prairie Chickens. He pointed me right to the spot that he had seen them, but they were not there and he admitted to not having seen them in a while. Hopefully next year they will be found there again. As for the one reported in Adams County, I drove out to the approximate site three times at different times of the day and was unlucky all three times.
I am seeing more butterflies and I even saw my first garter snake of the year. A lot of the migratory birds have moved out of the area up to the recently thawed North and the local birds are becoming more vocal and visible.