The stars and moon are aligned perfectly for our next field trip this Thursday, Aug 2nd…literally! I checked the moon phase calendar and we will have a 99% full moon, with a moon rise starting at 9 pm. The skies will be mostly clear with light winds. These are ideal conditions for a Nightjar survey. That being said I arranged permission with the City of Tecumseh to utilize the vacant Industrial Park just east of town on M-50. I picked this site because it is nice grassland habitat for sparrows and other birds.
Here is a loose plan for the evening.
6 pm: Meet at end of drive in the Industrial Park
6-8 pm: Walk along the grasslands in search of Vesper and Savannah Sparrows (recently spotted there by Darrin O’Brien).
8-9 pm: Social hour
9-11 pm: Quietly sit in lawn chairs under a full moon listening and looking for Nightjar.
What to bring:
scope if you have one
The Industrial Park is approximately one mile east of Tecumseh on M-50 (south side).