As I sit here in the LSU Museum, I cannot help but think of the semester. It was a whirlwind semester that became extremely busy, and admittedly, I did not do much birding. I got out a fair amount, did some looking and between class watching, but otherwise, my birding life has been put on hold for a while. Writing papers, spending time with friends, and trying to get some work done have taken priority. However, it has been a great fall regardless! Everywhere I go, I have been able to enjoy the Louisiana birdlife. Late October saw the annual Yellow Rails and Rice festival in Jennings, where I was actually able to hold a Yellow Rail, and we had a string of successful field trips, including one on which we saw a Sprague's Pipit crawling away from us through the grass. The rest of my fall has just been a string of incidental observations around the southeastern part of the state, from Pileated Woodpeckers at city parks to Red-tailed Hawks fighting over a squirrel carcass on Thanksgiving. However, winter is almost here, which means I can let myself go again.
It's been a good semester, but I'm ready to get some more birding in again. December marks the beginning of travel and freedom for me, and I'd be lying if I said it couldn't get here soon enough.