Today I’ve devoted to a planning session, though there are a few Peregrine Video things that need attention. First of all, I updated my remaining target birds (under the Bird List column). It’s available as both an Excel spredsheet and a PDF. Forty species now remain on this list. Some won’t be easy or may not be in the ABA at all this year, but I’ve got a plan for each of the 40.
I certainly hope to add additional rarities in Alaska, Newfoundland and the Lower 48, but wouldn’t speculate at all what they may be. My current plan is to try for the Eurasian Tree Sparrow tomorrow. Fly to St. Louis, bag the bird then fly back tomorrow night. That’s right-all in one day. I need to keep taking advantage of Scott’s employment with United Airlines because it will end on August 18!
Sunday Gary Matthews and I fly to Salt Lake City then drive to Elko to team up with Guy Pickavance and a friend to try for the Himalayan Snowcock. People have asked me to project what my year-end total may be, but at this point I want to focus more on how to get the target birds, reserve my air miles with American Airlines to chase rarities later this year and continue to maximize the use of “free” calendar days so that I have time to chase later without sacrificing any of these target birds.
Stay tuned. I’m going to keep the pedal to the metal.