My goal with this last trip was to quickly scout as many sites as possible, not to survey for species presence. Still it’s amazing how much you can see even when you’re not trying, sometimes.
The sites were all beautiful, although some of them had drawbacks.
But most importantly…
Blurry junco! And not just one!
In all, I saw seven juncos. They are coming back, and they are in my field sites! It would have been absurd if they hadn’t been, since records show they’ve been in the area for a hundred years or more; but this is field work, where you can’t take anything for granted. So this is good news.