1st Day of the Great Backyard Bird Count

Up at 5:00 again… I was very uncomfortable most of the night.  I guess the mosquitoes at the animal tracking thing yesterday really did a number on me.  I must be more sensitive to them, because on my right arm three of the bites swelled up to the size of golf balls making my arm look deformed.  The back of my hand is so swollen, too, that I can’t grip anything or make a fist. That’s the side my cancer surgery was done on, and all the lymph nodes under that arm were removed so there’s nothing on that side to combat poisons.  ITCHY!!!

On the way to work there was lots of fog over the Yolo Bypass.  When I was at the top of the hump-bridge that goes over the Sacramento River, I was above the fog line and could see the tops of leafless trees sticking up out of the fog.  Very cool.

Today was first day of this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society let citizens go out and tally information on birds in their area over a 3-day period.  So, I drove out to Desmond Road to see what I could see there, and add those numbers to my tally.  I saw White-Fronted Geese, Red-Wing Blackbirds, Cowbirds, Sparrows, Meadowlarks, Mallards, Northern Shovelers, Coots, a Black Shouldered Kite, a Red-Tailed Hawk, Black-Necked Stilts, Sandhill Cranes, and Great Egrets… among other birds.  I didn’t get a whole lot of really good photos, but I got a few fairs ones.