Date: 3/15/23 3:58 am
From: Bob And Nancy <blnllaval...>
Subject: Re: Sequoyah NWR
So sorry to hear that Sandy. It’s been many years since I visited Sequoyah for a Christmas Count but I remember it as a great birding place.
Bob Laval

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> On Mar 14, 2023, at 9:02 PM, Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> wrote:
> Spent three hours at the refuge yesterday morning. It was cold, windy, and cloudy. Little birds were very quiet. For the first time all winter there was a good number of duck species though. I had eleven species with all but one being in the four corners pond.
> The oddest thing was that on that whole huge refuge I saw only two blackbirds, and those were Rusty Blackbirds. So weird. No grackles, no Red-winged Blackbirds. Nothing.
> So many dead trees there now. Areas that used to be dark, heavily wooded wetlands are disappearing quickly. The trees are breaking and falling to the ground. There will fewer places for Prothonotary Warblers and woodpeckers to nest. Less cover for lots of animals. The 2019 flood, two hard freezes in 2021 and 2023, and a drought in 2022 have done the damage. Feral hogs seemingly cannot be controlled. The look of Sequoyah isn’t the same. It saddens me greatly.
> Sandy B.
> Sequoyah County
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