First – one of the main reasons why I blog – I like to review the past weekend – month – year.
Lots of birding, and life for that fact, seems to be on the run. Birding sometimes seems like run, check, and move on to the next spot. And for me the jury is still out on using eBird apps to list from the field. I still like to sit down at the end of the day and go over the birds I have seen. I think I”ll eventually work the apps into that routine but still not sure yet.
Favorite New Bird
Looking back my favorite new bird of 2015 was the BURROWING OWL outside Denver. Who doesn’t love a small owl?
But the colors of GAMBEL’S QUAIL makes it a close second.
And for the umpteenth year in a row CAROLINA WREN comes in as my favorite Midwest bird.
Favorite Birding Adventure
I had many good adventures (really every birding outing is a good adventure) so it was hard to pick one out.
I’m going to go with chasing the CLARK’S NUTCRACKER through the alpine forest in Colorado as my best adventure on the Colorado trip and 2015. Sorry no photo of the Clark’s but here is the Alpine Forest that I would be running out of later.
And chasing the PINYON JAY through the semi-arid landscape of Rabbit Valley and finally catching up to it was also a fun time.
And without a doubt my best local adventure was seeing both RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and BONAPARTE’S GULLS, two new Johnson County Life birds, in one day at the same place.
And 2016 has already started off with 3, count’em 3, towhees in Indiana. What will the rest of the year bring?
The plan for the week wasn’t unique – bird the main habitats of the area. But before I headed to Grand Junction I had a day to spend east of Denver.
I had taken a 5:30 AM flight out of Indianapolis that had me birding by 7:30 AM Mounain Time Saturday. The plan for the day was to bird the perimeter road of the airport looking for owls and hawks, then drive east of out into the country for hawks, and then back to a state park reservoir. Wrap it up by 1 PM and then the 4-5 hour drive to Grand Junction.