Obsession. My thoughts are dominated by an incessant desire to chase. And it’s getting stronger every day. It crept in while I shoveled 10” of snow from the driveway this morning, “There’s a Crescent-chested Warbler at the Melrose Trap”. Last night over dinner with Linda, I could barely taste the luau pork and brown rice and hardly heard anything she said; only the whisper in my mind, “There’s a Green-breasted Mango at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen”. The fact that I’ve sat idly around the house for the last three days certainly hasn’t helped. I’ve got way too much time on my hands. So I’ve come up with a goal. Two new year-birds before the Hyannis Pelagic trip on Nov. 12th.
In order to reach one’s goal you need a plan. Here is my plan. First of all it’s now time to chase the Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Aaron Brees from Iowa, one of my blog readers, floated an interesting suggestion. Why not try for the Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Iowa and combine it with a search for Gray Partridge? This immediately struck a chord. It’s perfect. I’ll fly into Chicago and join up with some of my brothers. We can drive out to Iowa City; have dinner with our nephew Bob and then the next morning team up with the Mailman – James Huntington. Secondly, the Pink-footed Goose in Nova Scotia was seen again today by Dave Currie. My plan is to chase it (or a closer one) on the front end of the Hyannis Pelagic trip.
Of course, both these plans may be tossed into the wind if I get the call this weekend. “John, the chase is on. A Mega Rarity has shown up in -California, Texas, Florida, the East Coast, or any place else in the ABA area- you must leave now. You must leave now.”