Its been awhile since I scored three new birds for my yearly county list…. I am not going crazy building my list this year but I am now at 213 species for the county… Not bad since I am not killing myself… I love this county… so many great spots to bird and good habitats… Not to mention an awesome group of birders who are always willing to share there sightings with each other… Today at dawn I headed to Stony Creek… My mission was to find the Merlin that Kevin Rysiewski has been seeing all week… I found it in a dead tree in a middle of a field on the road to the nature center… the same tree Kevin has seen it in several times… its just as you cross over 28 mi rd…. Then after work tonite I get my first Olive-sided Flycatcher of the year at LSCMP in a dead tree about 50 yards out in the marsh… I could clearly see its tuxedo vest appearance at a distance even with my binoculars… I took a very long distance shot….. Then I went over and saw the Black-crowned Night Heron in the North Marsh, right in the spot where Tom Heatley had told me about…. This is what I am talking about… I called Tom, told him the Olive-sided was in the tree in point rosa, then he calls me a short time later and says, the Black-crowned Night Heron you are looking for is in the North Marsh…. so cool…. I also came across 100 or so Swallows (mostly Barn) sitting on the wires this morning at Bay Point beach…. they were enjoying the warmth of the sun as it was beginning to rise and I drove by and shot some photos right out my car window…..