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The DC Doldrums

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As I've hinted at earlier in this blog, in August of 2018 I moved to Washington, D.C. to begin a master's degree program at Georgetown University. Although I'd spent a summer in DC a long time ago as an intern, this was my first time spending a longer time there, and it was certainly my first time being there as a birder. I obviously chose to be in DC for the academic part over the nature part, but I was excited to see what it had in store for me in terms of wildlife. 
As it turned out, what was in store for me in the DC summer was... not all that much. 
The Philippines has a reputation for underwhelming bird density, especially in the summer months, but in no world does that compare with the depressing mess that is DC birding in the summertime. There's a beautiful river valley park nearby my apartment in Arlington which seems like it might have some decent nature of some sort, but spending an hour there would get me something like 7 different species of birds. It was…