Salutations Everyone,

Yesterday, I competed clearing out the overgrown areas at Calidrid Crossing on 
the East Pond, making enough room for visitors to navigate easily without 
worrying too much about brushing up on Poison Ivy. Still, please exercise 
caution when traversing that area.

The trails leading up and to the East Pond at the Southend are completely cut 
back and easy to navigate. I am collaborating with NPS (National Park Service) 
to try and get some signage in place. As far as the Northend, I will be trail 
clearing both East and West sides next week. I am also organizing one final 
digout of the valve, date to be determined.

Overall, we are in terrific shape in terms of the water level and all that 
remains is for the birds to show up and we continue to see the exposed flats 
dry out. As a reminder, please do not attempt to walk the pond if you are not 
familiar with the areas. There are some tricky spots where one could get stuck. 
As the water continues to drain out it gets a bit easier to see where you are 
stepping but as of right now, folks unfamiliar with the layout should refrain 
from solo efforts. Especially so on the Northend.

As far as note worthy birds on the pond. Purple Martins, The Black-headed Gull 
(now 2nd Cycle), Bonaparte’s Gull, Eurasian X American Wigeon hybrid and 
Gull-billed Terns all continue. For shorebirds, the numbers are small as it is 
still early. White-rumped Sandpiper (1), Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, 
American Oystercatcher, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer (with young), Least, 
Semipalmated and Spotted Sandpiper were present through today. I am looking 
forward and hoping for a terrific summer of Shorebirding on the East Pond.

Here is a lucky trifecta digiscope shot I pulled off yesterday showing a few of 
the Pond’s current stars.

Bless up!

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves could free our 
mind.” ~ Bob Marley

“Tenderness and Kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but 
manifestations of strength and resolution” ~ Khalil Gibran

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Sun Tzu  The Art of War

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Andrew Baksh

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