Phone dinged while I was on a checkin call this morning. Cliff: “if you’re out birding, hudsonian godwit at lower mill st pond at beaver brook”. “!!!” Realized I had a couple hours before anything urgent, so I sent a quick message saying I’ll be back in an hour and ran out.
Twenty five minutes later:
County 302, patch 180!
Didn’t manage a recording of the rail unfortunately. Last 2 patch bird day was back in 2013.
Rough timeline from Saturday:
11:14 Pull into the tennis court lot at Dunback.
11:20: Reach the first boardwalk and hear interesting finches, decide to check by the gardens instead of heading to the Bowman end.
11:33: Find some crossbills.
11:38: Pull out phone at get a recording.
11:46 They’ve quieted down, text recording to Tim.
11:48: Tim says type 1 and 10 by ear, sonogram check proceeding.
11:49: OMGOSH 1, 3, and 10!!!!!
11:55 Tim sends edited clip with sonogram.
So, 20 minutes in the field from discovery to expert analysis to full documentation.