Today I am heading off to training for my third season as a field biologist for the 2nd Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Altas. I will be doing point counts across the state as part of an effort to determine densities of breeding birds in PA.

On the drive out, I will be stopping at some flooded fields in the hopes of seeing shorebirds. I was out there yesterday and picked up three new state birds for my list: Stilt Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, and Wilson’s Phalarope. Apparently there were also 2 Red-necked Phalaropes there but I missed them. These fields have produced 20 species of shorebirds this season, a very respectable number for an inland site.

After training I am heading to Cape May, NJ for a weekend of birding with my family and some friends. Maybe I will have some good updates from that.