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Early bird hike at Strawberry Plains

Heading for an early morn visit to Strawberry Plains where the birds are most active early in the morn - so i'm gonna get out and see what i can find.  they reported identifying more than 120 species recently...

there is a $3 admission charge for non-members...

http://strawberryplains.audubon.org/

looks like a pretty day

howard     silver pontiac vibe    [masked]

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  • howard

    I finished my birding and headed back to the Visitor’s Center where I told the staff about my find. They decided to go find the kit and we headed out to see if it was still there. Alas, it was and Andrea picked up the baby raccoon and found it to be injured – it appeared to have a couple of puncture wounds on its chest, but otherwise in good shape. I held the kit for the ride back to the VC and then inside while Andrea cleaned the wounds and found a box to house it. Five – ten minutes at the most. It is amazing how bonded you can become with a baby “anything” in a few minutes when it is in your hand, clinging to your fingers and rustling about, “chirping” and playing… It was a special experience… Andrea called and found a wildlife caretaker and made arrangements for a vet visit. They do great things at Strawberry Plains… Thanks Andrea!!! The little raccoon kit has been in my prayers… Check out her pic in the photos

    May 10, 2013

  • howard

    STRAWBERRY PLAINS VISIT REPORT[masked]
    I went to Strawberry Plains to look for birds and I found lots, but nothing out of the ordinary. At one point, I heard a chirping nearby in the woods and wondered what kind of bird it could be and thought there had to be a nest nearby. The chirping came and went and after about 10 minutes of hunting for the nest, I found a baby raccoon on the ground “barking” with a birdlike chirp. I did not see the mom anywhere and hadn’t seen her when I approached and I had a long vista to where the kit was. I noted where it was and went on about my birding. After an hour and a half, I thought I would go back and check to see if it was still there since I hadn’t seen the mother in the area. I waited several hundred yards away and watched to see if there was any activity, but the mom was no where in sight. I approached and the “chirping” started and the kit was where I had seen it earlier.

    May 10, 2013

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