First Chick of the Season!

We are happy to report the first hatch of the season. This one occurred on Jersey City Flowage, our southwestern-most lake, and was found by Jacki, my student from Chapman. JCF had the earliest hatch in the study area last year, as well, so they are staying true to form. We are hoping for many more chicks soon, but don’t hold your breath; this pair seems to be at least a week ahead of other early nesters.