Today we spent several hours stumbling about in torrential rain at the Philipsburg bird sanctuary down near Lac Champlain as part of the orientation session for a breeding bird survey being conducted this summer. You have be mad, or British or be a birder, to enjoy this sort of thing but two Indigo Buntings, and angry Overbird and assorted other goodies culminating in an SSV (that’s not an SUV but a “soul satisfying view”) of a gorgeous Barred Owl and two large chicks sitting out on branches in the pouring rain just feet from us made it all worthwhile.