Sierra Vista- Thatcher AZ
Big Year Days 89-91
Coded Birds: 37
Miles driven. 19,550
showshoes 4 (isn't going to be more)
I had been watching the reports of a rose-throated becard at a place I had never heard of called Cluff Ranch WA in extreme Southeastern Arizona with interest and when another snowstorm was coming into Denver and it was 6pm and I had a full tank of gas I thought, heck, what is 835 miles?
I drove all night except for a nap in the back of my car at some ghost town exit south of Albuquerque, waking up to a dream I was in a Tony Hillerman novel. I even looked for odd Hopi art on my car, but alas only dust. I arrived at sometime after 8am, Others were already there including another Big Year birder, Christian, Mr. The Birding Project and they had already seen the bird.
It then became a stakeout, for me to see the bird and them to see it better. After a few calls, it was finally refound, but this is a wily little bird, fluttering in and out so quick, you blink....yea...you guessed it. Poof! It was going into a large cottonwood fully leafed out and that was making matters worse. Finally, another fellow spotted it in the mesquites opposite and we all came running. It was a grassquit esque look, quick but satisfying, Christian snapped a couple of photos, photos courtesy of The Birding Project, me...I was too busy watching to snap a photo.
Two wild and crazy big year birders meet again in Thatcher AZ
Noet that great facial sunburn courtesy of Colorado. It is more than a rosy glow
Rose-throated becard courtesy of Christian Hagenlocher, the Birding Project