Big Year Day 19, 20 , and 21
Big Year Total: 361
Coded birds: 18
Cool animals: Bobcat, Harbor seal, gray whale, California sea lion, pronghorn
Miles driven. 7250
Hours at sea: 14
Miles walked 37
Miles biked 2
states/ prov. birded:10
What is that guy doing to that fish? We'll get to that.
I woke up on Day 19 early in Wickenberg, Arizona. I missed by dog, my bed, and my sauna. I put my things together and drove into Phoenix into the 6am I-10 traffic jam. I pulled off the road before that and called owls but all I heard was traffic. Sick of the traffic, I pulled into Enconto Park a first light and walked around. I wasn’t very happy with my heard only rosy faced lovebird and since I was here, I looked again. Someone had reported a ruddy ground dove last week here but it was only marked by an “x” on ebird and I doubted that report. Beware if x'S o's but that is a song I herad 39 times so far in the last three weeks of this journey.
I looked at a couple of Eurasian collareds when I could see them. I found a lovebird on the side of a palm tree after it gave itself away with a squawk. These lovebirds are much quieter than other parrot-like birds. They were on my list but I was good to see this one, or so I thought.
I chatted with a couple of friendly Houston birders, apologizing for the tanager issues, but it wasn't really any fault of mine, like I said, I was happy with the ratty tanager. I planned on packing it in and was heading to coast for a plover run, it seemed to not make sense to not give it another try, I was only an hour from the beach.
It was 8 degrees, 76 degrees colder than when I left for home 34 hours earlier. Burrr!
There is no place like home, tap heals, there IS no place like home. Olaf...you're not in Kansas anymore and it is safe now, you can go to bed!