Don't ever let someone tell you that birding in the rain is not good. Today was rainy and foggy but there were lots of birds at every turn. Large mixed flocks of sparrows were observed quite often. We finished the day with 81 Harris's Sparrows, 34 Song Sparrows, 25 Savannah Sparrows, 10 Fox Sparrows, 48 Dark-eyed Juncos, 37 Northern Cardinals, 11 White-throated Sparrows, 2 Lincoln's Sparrows and 1 each of Swamp and Field Sparrows. We only saw about 500 White Geese on the refuge, but many more are probably feeding off the refuge. Duck numbers were excellent, with 521 Northern Pintails, 211 Gadwalls, 201 Mallards, 120 Green-winged Teal, 109 Ring-necked Ducks, 97 Redheads, 6 Ruddy Ducks, 37 Northern Shovelers, 4 Canvasbacks, 3 Buffleheads and 1 American Wigeon. We found a flock of 16 Tom, Wild Turkeys in the woods just past Meadow Pond. We saw a couple of Pileated Woodpeckers on the road to Meadow Pond. We finished the day with 79 species. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41199091 Jack Chiles, Texas Master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.