Monthly Archives: August 2011

Going North Once Again

Done! Four pair of my heaviest socks are now zipped in a small bag.  My Golite waterproof, insulated pants are folded neatly in my suitcase.  Layer after layer of “Hi Tec” clothing also packed away. Seems a bit ridiculous doesn’t … Continue reading

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Target Birds and Strategies for Finding Them

Today I wanted to share with you the target birds remaining for the year and strategies to find them. I’ve updated the Excel Spreadsheet of target birds by state and it’s available under the “List” heading, but I’ll summarize the … Continue reading

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Greater Sage-Grouse

Linda and I left Gunnison around 8:30 AM and headed north through the Rockies to North Park. It was a long drive over three passes, but passed thru some magnificent scenery. We arrived at 1:30 PM and decided to stay … Continue reading

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Stop the Press – Vanderpoel Crashes Through 700 – Finally

We caught up with John Vanderpoel this evening in Gunnison, CO.  One of our editors had read on CoBirds that he’d finally broken through the 700th year-bird barrier and we wanted an interview. Vanderpoel was happy to oblige. “Linda and … Continue reading

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Gunnison Sage-Grouse

Tomorrow morning Linda and I are driving to Gunnison.  We’ll try for Pinyon Jay near Buena Vista in the late morning then work Rd 38 just west of Gunnison in the late afternoon and evening. Bill Kaempfer and I scouted … Continue reading

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Another Trip to Davis’s

As you could imagine the Hyannis Pelagic trip was cancelled due to the hurricane. Looks like I’ll have to wait to see a White-faced Storm-Petrel and that won’t come this year.  Yesterday I went up to Davis’s (See Blog posts … Continue reading

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Ft. Bragg, CA – Leaving on a Jet Plane and Happy to Do So

There will be no celebratory hug from Debi Shearwater like she provided for Greg Miller in 1998 when he saw his 700th year-bird on one of her pelagic trips.  At least that’s what both the book  and movie “The Big … Continue reading

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Another Day at Sea – Another Day at 699

Today was certainly calmer than yesterday, in fact perhaps too calm.  You need wind to allow the shearwaters and petrels to fly rather than sit on the water.  If they sit, they’re hard to see.  In any event, there were … Continue reading

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Ft. Bragg – Trip #1 – Aug 19, 2011

The swells were coming in fast and furious.  Six foot waves every four to five seconds. And we were headed right into it. It was rough to say the least.  We were only an hour into the trip and Curtis … Continue reading

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Turning a Blunder Into #700

After finding Vaux’s Swift yesterday evening, there are now only two regular breeding migrants that I still must find this year.  Cassin’s Vireo and White-eared Hummingbird.  Jon Dunn has officially designated my Cassin’s Vireo plan (or lack there of) a blunder. Actually, … Continue reading

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