Once again southward bound, I’ll arrive home tonight around 9:30 PM. Tomorrow morning Boulder public radio station KGNU is interviewing me live at 8:00 AM. In the evening, I’ll attend a function at the University of Colorado (Go CU) Museum with a theme of “Birds and Movies”. Friday evening a bunch of us, including my son Scott, are going to see “The Big Year” After that I’m ready to roll. There are several questions I’ll need to wrestle with.
- Should I chase the Cuban Bullfinch in South Miami? South Miami has had some crazy weather lately so it could indeed be a wild bird – rarities such as Kirtland’s Warbler, Greater White-fronted Goose and Bananaquit have all showed up in South Florida within the last week. However, Cuban Bullfinches are kept as caged birds in South Miami. Maybe I should go for the bullfinch and try to relocate the Bananaquit?
- A Pink-footed Goose in Nova Scotia has now joined the Maine Barnacle Goose as sitting ducks (excuse the pun). When do I pull the trigger? Should I go now or on the front end of my Nov 12 Massachusetts Pelagic trip? These geese sometimes hold for the winter, but a major snowstorm can move them put of an area permanently.
- When do I chase the Eurasian Tree Sparrow? Can I fit it in to the Nov 12 Massachusetts Pelagic trip?
- Debi Shearwater has declared an “Emergency Pelagic Trip” for this Saturday out of Bodega Bay. I’m tempted to give it a try. JLD will be on board as well as some of the Heavy Hitters and a host of other top seabird experts.
Or hopefully another rarity will have shown up by the time I land in Denver that requires my immediate attention. How about a Marsh Sandpiper in Southern California? Or an Eared Quetzal in Arizona? The list of dream birds could go on and on. By the way, if any of you readers would like to add your two cents then please feel free to do so on the blog. I’ve also updated my target list under the “Lists” column. You’ll notice that there are more “fantasy” birds in there than previously, but the “fantasy birds” are all at least logical as far as seasonality goes. For example you won’t find White-eared Hummingbird or Flame-colored Tanager on this target list because records for these two species just don’t occur in the late fall/winter season.