I'd get home fairly early with the promise of getting more spring cleaning done but I was burnt out after the previous work week so spent most of my time on the couch watching Family Feud and snacking. I'd be trying to figure out the top 5 answers to something that starts with S you order at a restaurant when I noticed I missed a call from Alan which could only mean one thing-good bird and the hopeful lapwing! I quickly hit re dial as my heart raced hoping for good news! Alan would answer with "I'm in your drive way, the lapwing is back so if you want to go up there get out now as it's going to get dark soon" Panic took hold as I realize I'm in a pair of sweats and a t-shirt that goes to my knees that reads "Tony Hawk-Skateboarding chick as I quickly throw my phone figuring I have a couple seconds to change the shirt and at least run a brush through my unruly hair-the sweatpants would have to stay. I run to the truck in less than 2 minutes as we rushed to go pick up Justin who'd be waiting for us at the bike path. I'd check myself over in the car mirror and quickly rub off some of the nacho cheese at the corner of my mouth from the nachos I was mindlessly eating just a few minutes prior.
We'd finally get there and see Kevin and could tell by the look on his face the bird was no where to be seen but the hundreds of tiny black flies were to welcome us back to Bolton Flats. The two geese would fly by honking away and at this point Alan and I were so delirious from chasing the lapwing all we could do was laugh. We'd head back home, admit defeat as this goes with birding and figured we just wouldn't get the bird and write it off. I'd have a plumbing crisis Monday night so after dealing with the plumber and the clean up afterwards I'd be too spent to go online so would be dismayed when I woke up Tuesday morning and went online to see the frickin lapwing was seen Monday night when neither Alan, Kevin nor I would be there.
I'd send an email to Alan asking him if he knew which he did allright as we was on his way back and this time with his kayak! I'd glumly head to work and check the Facebook Central Mass Birders Page hoping for updates and see that Justin left without the bird and started getting worried about Alan as I knew he was out in the marsh by himself. I'd get in touch with Justin who told me Alan was fine and only got lost twice and fell only once so felt a little better but still a little uneasy so was thrilled to hear from him after work even if he didn't get the damn bird. After a couple of emails back and forth we'd decide to go back there one more time as the lapwing is mostly seen in the evening just before sunset so off we went again.
One last note are two FOY's I picked up this morning before work at the dump of all places. Warbling Vireo calling nearby and a Broad-winged Hawk doing it's "Tee TeeeEEE" call as it flew overhead. Now bring on the warblers as I'm so done with shorebirds! ;-)
Take care all