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Noel's Quad 30 Journal

Wednesday, June 2nd
Paris, Wisconsin


Of the 5 BBS routes that I've done for more than 2 decades, the Paris route, using a sports saying about a game, comes to you. I don't worry where any of the stops are or what turns to make. They just seem to happen, and Tuesday's was no different. There was nothing spectacular that happened, and everything went as expected, which is probably good since I hadn't gotten to bed real early because of the Riveredge Bird Club meeting, where I talked about the Campaign, doing final packing and loading, and saying good-byes.

The species total is usually in the low to mid-60s - this year's total was 63. Nothing really jumps out from the data although waxwing numbers were quite low - only 3 compared to an average for the last 3 years of 23 individuals. As has been the case for the past couple of years, it is nice to see both cranes and turkeys now residents in this area of southeastern Wisconsin, an area still being developed rapidly and highly agricultural in nature in the rural countryside.

Stop 25 gave me an opportunity to speak to a human for the first time during the day. He drove up in his old battered pick-up and wanted to know what I was doing. Said that he had seen me a few times in the past several years but was always too busy to see what I was up to. He owned one side of the road, and the stop is one of the more interesting ones because of the nearby marsh/lake. In about 5 minutes we discussed the rainfall during May, making hay, the friskiness of his 4 horses just turned out to new pasture, his 39 Wood Duck boxes that are up in the nearby marsh and oak woods (always full of ducks too he said), the nesting Sandhill Crane pair that's been there for the past several years (raise 1 colt each year), how efficient a predator of birds a house cat is (and raccoons too; also gets in his garage), and the litter that people throw around. He told a story of how he dumped a load of eggshells on the front porch of a truck driver who kept spilling them on the road in front of his house). He seemed quite proud when I noted Green and Great Blue Herons flying into his wetland (neither of which I could count because the 3-minute recording period had already ended).

Well, it is now on to Minnesota and am facing more than a 500 mile drive after getting up at 3 a.m. this morning. Will definitely be a day for a power nap.

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