So, there was an air of excitement last weekend as we carpooled to the lake to see if we could spot the birds. At our first stop, a fishing cove, we had no luck and were beginning to think the birds would be a no-show.
Then, a fellow birder saw a limpkin fly in and set down in a thicket at water’s edge on the other side of the cove. We quickly grabbed our scopes, binoculars and cameras and sped over there, where several of us happily got our first view ever of a limpkin.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The Draconid meteor shower, visible this weekend, reaches a maximum of 20 meteors per hour tonight. Look to the north throughout the night.
The moon will be full on Wednesday. Mercury is low in the east just before dawn. Venus and Mars rise in the east about an hour before dawn. Jupiter is in the west at dusk and sets about two hours later. Saturn is low in the southwest at dusk and sets in the west just before midnight.