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Tuesday, June 1st
I consider myself very fortunate today. I did the Raymond, WI route in the company of two beautiful females. I must say that the route went faster, and I didn't even make a wrong turn (of course I've done this route for almost 25 years.) Good friends Karen Johnson and Kris Klewin provided very good company and that Karen sure is a good counter of vehicles (One of the things the BBS office has asked us to do in recent years is to count the number of vehicles at each stop.) The record for today was 62 at a stop near Highway 50 in Kenosha County.
At least the threat of rain was not there today although the wind strength was more than wished for. The average over the past 3 years is 57 species, and my preliminary count from today is 58. No numbers appeared to be out of the ordinary. I do think that the amount of standing water in the agricultural fields set a record - there is lots of water out there in Kenosha and Racine Counties! The lone Purple Martin box that held martins in the past is now gone, but we did manage one flyover by a singing martin. Several species were represented by a single individual (e.g., Ring-billed Gull, Great Egret, Eastern Bluebird, Sedge Wren, Sora, Blue-winged Teal, Alder Flycatcher to name a few). As has been the recent trend, a few Eastern Meadowlarks were found, but Western Meadowlarks remain absent along this route, which is quite sad.
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