Thanks to all the blog readers who gave me suggestions. My decision is to not go on Annie Auklet’s…er…I mean Debi Shearwater’s “Emergency Pelagic Trip” today. It was a tough decision that came down to two factors. First my son, Scott, is visiting and I was truly looking forward to spending some time with him. The second consideration is the time of the year. Tony Leukering once told me he thought that the end of October and early Nov. is the most exciting time of the year for rarities. There’s plenty of evidence to back this up:
1. Brown-chested Martin – On Nov 6, 1997 at Cape May, NJ, Paul Lehman discovered one that then hung around for six days. There’s also a hypothetical sight record published for Belle Glade FL 24 October 1991
2. I ticked my life Varigated Flycatcher at Toronto islands, Toronto in late October of 1993.
3. The 1st North American record of Tufted Flycatcher was recorded on Nov 3, 1991 in Big Bend NP.
4. Lynn Barber got her year Rose-throated Becard on November 8, 2008 in the LRGV
5. Black-faced Grassquit -10-29-60 in Everglades NP.
6. Little Bunting- Pt. Loma, San Diego Oct 21-24 1991
7. Bananaquit – There’s always a chance that the bird first seen at Bill Baggs SP last week will be relocated this weekend.
Since many rarities are first discovered on weekends when the birders are out in the field, I’ll see what turns up today and/or tomorrow. If there’s a rarity to chase, I’ll chase it. Scott knows that if this were to happen, I’ll drop him like a hot potato and race out the door. Regardless, I’m going after the Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese next week.