It was nice to be home with a cup of coffee and a morning paper....and a big list of things to do. I worked my way through the emails, the snail mail, paid the bills, put away the trip stuff, lightly cleaned out the car, and finally took a jaunt up to Ocean View on the Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk. It was a gorgeous afternoon after being a really ugly morning with heavy rain and high winds. Plenty of people walking dogs on the beach. There were groups of Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Mergansers, Buffleheads, and a few Surf Scoters. The female King Eider found by Andrew Baldelli didn't appear, but several Horned Grebes kept me from being skunked.
Tomorrow I'll help David Hughes with a survey at Back Bay NWR and hope we chance on an American Bittern. The species list is now 268.