Bob had his second cataract removed July 6, so I’ve missed a few days of my morning walks. He’s supposed to be taking it easy, so I thought it might be fun to drive over to Dead Creek today, in part to be in the air-conditioned car, in part to check out the water level to see if we might be able to look for early shorebirds when they start migrating through. The water at Brilyea was high, and we saw nothing but a few GULLS and GREAT BLUE HERONS, so we decided to visit some other areas for old times’ sake. We drove all the way around the Refuge to the Farrell Access and Stone Bridge Dam. The water was high everywhere, and we didn’t see many birds, but at the Stone Bridge Dam we did see TREE SWALLOWS, maybe even some that nested in our neighborhood and left for the Lake Champlain marshes earlier in July. It was nice to visit these old haunts with Bob, who used to bring me down here to go canoeing in the early days. That was a LONG time ago — 34 years going on 35 years!