These things almost always happen only in fairy tales. Although the Avalon Seawatch runs until December 22, yesterday was primary counter Sean Fitzgerald's last day on duty. Sean's final birds came in the form of a flock of Snow Geese, a fine way to finish out a season, but the bird that came immediately before was Sean's most wanted (or so he told some of us over dinner last night) - a Dovekie buzzed by on, literally, Sean's last scan of the season.
Sean's on his way back to Michigan now. We wish him well, and he will be missed for the outstanding job he did.