Over a year there are lots of unusual birds that show up in unusual places but not being independently wealthy or certifiably nuts, I don"t usually chase the rarity unless it is close to my home. On Saturday the skies were clearing, the temps were rising and the rest of my family was otherwise engaged so I decided I would drive up to see the Garganey that has appeared at Crex Meadows near Grantsburg, Wisconsin.
I have spent lots of time at Crex during college and grad school but hadn't been there for a while. It seemed reasonable that a visit was due. 95 miles later I'm sitting along a roadside ditch looking at a bird that should be in Siberia not Wisconsin. Pretty cool!