Some great birds have been around lately. Newest is the female GARGANY at the HBNWR (Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge) Loleta off Hookton Road Exit. Go to Visitor Center for details. A Harris' Sparrow has been out at Lanphere Dunes at the Ralph's residence together with a Hooded Oriole. A Sage Thrasher was off the V Street Loop past two days, not yesterday. (707) 822-5666 is the Arcata, CA birdbox.
Gone but not forgotten is the Magnificent Hummingbird, Don Wattenberg reports it last seen on May 2nd, not since. Godwit Days was great two weeks ago, my favorite trip was the "Special Magnificent" trip. What a title... and we delivered. At least 60 plus had great and predictable views of what for most was a statebird. Other state birds were had with good looks at a drumming Ruffed Grouse. Gray Jays and Barred Owls were also around. The big day bus record was broken again with 133 seen by Rob Fowler and John Sterling (between 0700am and 1700pm). Not to mention the second bus in the challenge also broke the existing standard of 127 with 129 species. Lewis' Woodpecker, Harlequin and Long-tailed Duck added interest on these trips.
Next Year..?, mark your calendars.....Third Weekend of April (Thurs-Weds) 14th-21st 2005.
All the best
Robert W. Hewitt
Director, LBJ Enterprises www.birdjobs.com
1707 E Street #5, Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 442-0339, fax (707) 260-0632, cell (707) 845-3189
Godwit Days Steering Committee www.godwitdays.com
April 15-18, 2004 10th Annual, 236 species cumulative.
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