Mr. Whitekeys and the Dusky Thrush

Tick-tock, tick-tock.  Mr. Whitekeys’ clock seemed stuck at 9:25 1/2 AM.  I watched the second hand move, but damn if the minute hand didn’t seem frozen.

Mr. Whitekeys Spam Clock

I was restless. There was a Dusky Thrush out there in his neighborhood, but it was still way too dark to look for it.  All one could do is wait.  Mr. Whitekeys is a pretty funny guy. When I grabbed two eggs from his refrigerator this morning, one of them turned out to be a rubber egg. Maybe you noticed this humor from his clock as well.  The spam motif seems to be prevalent around his house and in his production of “Christmas in Spenard” playing at the Taproom in Anchorage. Last night I attended the production and had a fun time.  It’s a Satirical Alaskan Musical Comedy and was outrageously funny.

Cast From "Christmas in Spenard"

John Vanderpoel & Mr. Whitekeys

Nothing was funny about this morning however.  By 9:35 AM it was just light enough to venture outside so Keys and I headed out. He lives in the neighborhood where the Dusky Thrush has been feeding with a flock of up to 60 robins.  Anchorage’s strongest birders were out enforce this morning.  Trapper Dave had a nice sized flock of 25 Robins near the yellow house were it was seen yesterday along with two hundred Bohemian Waxwings.  Amazing about how things change.  In February, we worked awful hard to find Bo Waxwings in Duluth and we were proud of it.  Now they just were avian clutter, making it more difficult to find the Asian stray.

Today there was no Dusky Thrush.  We just ran out of time and I couldn’t miss my plane to Adak.  So now my plan is to work Anchorage all day on Monday on the backside of this trip.  It doesn’t make sense to charge off to Chattanooga till I have the thrush. I wish to thank Keys, Aleta and all the birders who helped this morning.  Hopefully Monday.

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8 Responses to Mr. Whitekeys and the Dusky Thrush

  1. Lamarr Eddings says:

    I’m headed to the hooded crane right now. Whiffed last night. I’ll have a long talk with him when he shows!

  2. Hello John,

    my name is Gabriel Mapel, I’m a 12-year old birder from Virginia and I’m doing what I call a “Junior Big Year” this year. My blog is: My family and I have been following your blog all year and are really hoping that you are going to get the record!

    It would be so great to meet you but unfortunately we can’t make the pelagic. Instead, my dad and I are hoping to meet you at the Hooded Crane in Tennessee. The Hooded Crane would be my number 430th bird for the year.

    I look foreword to watching your blog to see what you get in Adak and to see when you’ll be at the crane so we can meet you there.

    Best of luck in Adak!
    Gabriel Mapel

  3. John Vanderpoel says:

    Hi Gabriel,
    That would be so cool to meet up for the Hooded Crane. Presently, I’m planning on heading there after I try for the Dusky Thrush on Monday. Will let you know…and congratulations on the Rufous-capped Warbler!!


  4. Sounds great John! Thanks so much.

  5. D says:

    The Dusky Thrush was not seen on Friday. Quite a few people continue to look. Once again the large flock of Robins did not appear either. It was a pretty warm day 30-32 F. The thrush may be easier to find in colder or inclement weather and it is suppossed to snow Sunday night. So….

  6. John Vanderpoel says:

    Good to know, Dave.

  7. Chris H. says:

    I’ve been looking for you… I have to head back to Seattle on Thursday but until then I’ve been walking the neighborhoods looking for robins and the Dusky Thrush. Will keep you in the loop.

    Christian H.
    St. Louis, MO

  8. Maureen C says:

    It was seen across the street from my house yesterday, Dec. 26th, on W. 27th between Turnagain St. and Draper Ave. It’s still hanging out with the robins.

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