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I really enjoyed the NAMC count yesterday. I did the western end of area 11, 
taking in Sapp, Easley and Wilton. Weather was ideal early on - still, 
rapidly warming and the birds were coming out in profusion to the sunny 
edges of the forest.

The first bird I encountered, both visually and by ear, was a Bewick's Wren, 
calling madly in the predawn from the only bush at the edge of the Sapp 
cemetery. I had 17 species of Warbler, including Blue-winged, 
Orange-crowned, Blackburnian, Yellow-throated, Prairie and Palm, and Swamp 
Sparrow and 3 Grey-cheeked Thrushes. 103 species altogether - commonest were 
(in order) Cowbird, Bluebird, Cliff swallow and Turkey Vulture. Most 
unexpected sighting was 6 Hudsonian Godwits flying north over the fields!

Cheers, Chris.

Chris Corben
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