I spent yesterday’s environmental science lecture discussing the ins and outs of forest fragmentation and the impact of the edge effect on forest-interior dwelling species. Super fun for me as I had a chance talk about wood thrushes, cowbirds and such. I usually keep my cell phone on the podium so I can watch the time… Unbeknownst to my students, I saw several texts come in about a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron that had just been discovered at Centennial lake. 🙂 It’s a bird not frequently seen in my home county and one I still needed for the year. I wanted to end class early and hop in my car…. but I resisted! 🙂
I made it home quickly after my office hours and had a small window of time to run over (still in my work clothes) and take a chance at getting it.
My son and I had to leave for his baseball practice no later than 4:15pm. And… I got the bird (YAY!) with 20 minutes to spare before we had to run off to baseball practice, viola lessons and a church meeting. Whew.
Thankful to squeeze in another beautiful tick in Mom’s Big Year! 🙂