Monthly Archives: August 2011

50/50

I’m now looking down at the Permian Basin from about 15,000 FT winging it on a United Airlines return flight to Denver.  My trip was a partial success.  The White-eared Hummingbird never showed yesterday despite my spending over eight hours … Continue reading

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Northern California (Aug. 16 thru Aug 23.)

Tomorrow begins an important chapter in my Big Year.  I’ve signed up for five pelagic trips with Debbie Shearwater. I’ll also do some land birding while I travel from Bodega to Ft. Bragg. Here is a list of trip target … Continue reading

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Connections (Aug 13, 2011)

There are a lot of things necessary to have a successful “Big Year”.  You need to do a great deal of planning up front. Strong family support, friends that are helpful in offering advice and encouragement and are willing to … Continue reading

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The Snake Bite

High tide would be at 3:00 PM at Flamingo, a little later at Snake Bight. It was 12:30 PM now and we were just putting the boat in the water at the Flamingo dock. It was a 13’ Boston Whaler … Continue reading

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South Florida – 8/11/11

It’s 3:00 PM and I’m doing a load of laundry at the Best Western in Florida City.  Hmmm, “déjà vu all over again” you might ask? (see April 15 “The Fork-tailed Flycatcher” post).  No nothing exciting, just laundry.  That’s because … Continue reading

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Nice and Easy

There I was in line beginning to board my flight from Salt Lake City home to Denver.  Everything was “nice and easy”.  A rather uneventful four day journey to see the Himalayan Snowcock had added #693 to my big year … Continue reading

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Himalayan Snowcock

This morning was an early rise. I’ll go into today in more depth but for now, I did get the snowcock, but only because a helicopter came into the cirque and flushed two. Gary was obscured by a tree and missed … Continue reading

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The First Weekend in August

By the first weekend in August fall migration is in full swing, birders are out and about at their local hotspots and rarities are bound to show up.  That was the case yesterday.  I received a call from Ken Petersen … Continue reading

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More Aztec Thrush Photographs

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Last Minute Change

Flying standby has given me tremendous flexibility and saved me dollars.  I’m pretty sure I’ve flown standby 11 times since June 15.  My son Scott delivered a huge bonus that’s for sure.  His last day at United is Aug 18 … Continue reading

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