Attention Birding Enthusiasts!
Another huge *!THANK YOU!* goes out to Grace Schoessow, Patty Ross, Blue Jay Garrett, Ken DeWeese, the Selsor Family, David Hart, Sam Gaier, Jack & Nancy Griner, Allen Hasken, Nana & Pops, Royal Moore, Abbie Saltz, Jen Braunstein, Lindsey Sipes, Caitlin Mae Burke, Josh Penn, the Miller Family, Bob Hauschildt, Rik Stewart, Paul Densmore, Virginia Siegel, Tyler Hamby, Heidi Clayton, Paul Dunigan, Chris Wolf, Kent Walker, and the many anonymous bird-lovers whose continued support of my field observations of the Mississippi River's avian wildlife has been invaluable.
It has been a few weeks since my last update, and since then we have observed many more species throughout the Midwest. As we have traveled down the Mississippi River valley, we have passed through or along marshes, tallgrass prairies, backwater channels, rich riverfront deciduous forests, swales and many other prime avian habitats. Diverse habitats, varied topography, and natural vegetation cover has made for spectacular bird watching.
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge was a gem. It ran for 261 miles in length and spanned 240,000 acres of pristine habitat, home to countless critters and diverse microsystems. It serves as a crucial part of the Mississippi Flyway for migratory birds. Now, we are beginning to explore the floodplain habitats of the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, which was created in response to the flood of 1993 (which this year's flood is now being compared to.) And so, without further ado... Here are the new species that have been sighted since the last update. Birds from the previous list are not included**
Great crested flycatcher
Long-billed marsh wren
Be sure to check back periodically for more updates! Thank you so much for your support, and I sincerely hope this message finds you and yours well and happy! I will continue to share our observations over the coming weeks. Happy Independence Day!
Best wishes & confusion to your enemies, Forrest S. Schoessow