- Fellow Birders,
My year list is slowly growing, but alas family/work pressures
haven't allowed me much time to fill you all in with the needless
details of which-engine-number-and-how-many-cars-I-was-pulling-on-
whatever-train-it-was-at-the-time! And how about the recent return
to wintry weather? Brr! I am still bringing my trusty fleece to
work with me. I'm also hoping our exposed perennials don't freeze
too hard overnight!
Earlier I watched "my" Flames go down to the Mighty Ducks from
Anaheim in Game 7. They just didn't have it against a very
determined opponent. All credit is due to the Ducks who played a
very strong game. The two Keith's Pale Ale consumed during the
proceedings, numbed the pain somewhat! It felt like twice that
many, as I was up all night as well, with a brief crash and burn
session downstairs this afternoon.
Since jumping on a few minutes ago, I looked over Ryan's 2006 list
posted and don't see SORA yet. Or maybe I just plain missed it!
BTW, congrats on the elusive LB CU, Ryan! I knew you'd see one
sooner or later.
Another short story. In the wee small hours of May 1, I stopped at
Perdue Marsh on the way out to taxi to Wainwright for train 402.
Lots of ducks, geese and frogs making various sounds, but nothing
On the trip, I had only one new for 2006 bird: Bufflehead. Finally
a pair near Artland to fill in a very obvious hole in my card!
Dropped in on my Mom for a few minutes. We did some yard clean-up
and did some work on her perennial border. Then we stopped in at
the hospital and visited my sick aunt Martha for awhile. While I
was tired after the all-nighter, I felt like making a loop around
the lakes at Perdue on the way home. It was overcast, +11 with very
gusty winds. Lots of birds in the area, so a few minutes turned
into nearly two hours! There were TONS of ducks and geese, plus
several new birds for '06 in the following order:
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1 male W of Perdue.
Eared Grebe - 2 on Middle Van Scoy Lake.
Ross's Goose - 18 NE of MVS Lake.
Marsh Wren - 4 heard 'sewing' away in the cattails. Must have
arrived this morning, as they weren't calling after midnight!
Sora - 1 heard. Same story as above and a 'good' early spring
arrival date for our area.
White-crowned Sprw - 1, just S of Perdue.
White-throated Sprw - Also one jsut S of Perdue.
Lots more to tell you about, and who knows? I might just get to do
it after my next trip which looks like first thing tomorrow