It looks like Purple Martins are definitely going to be using the gourd houses on the campus. I saw a pair checking out the accommodations yesterday. The male seemed unconcerned by my presence.
But the female gave me a long hard look.
The Western Kingbirds haven't arrived yet but I'm watching for them. I just hope all the construction work won't put them off and make them decide to nest somewhere else this year.
I was a little surprised to see that a couple of Chipping Sparrows and a small flock of Savannah Sparrows are still hanging around. I had thought they would have left by now.
I'll check what's left of the nature trail this morning in hopes that last night's front may have brought in some migrants. Unfortunately, to do this I'll have to plod and slide across acres of mud left by the earth-moving machines!
Paul Rushing Park
I popped in at the park for a few minutes and found that it still has a group of 50 or so Short-billed Dowitchers. The plumage of some of the birds is really quite striking.
There were also a couple of Least Sandpipers and a solitary Black-necked Stilt.