Ptarmigeddon. It is a word that speaks of something ominous, something large and possibly dangerous but it wasn’t. Joining the 700 club for big year birding doesn’t get you a patch, a call from any of the other 700 club members, a call from the President or even for that matter a call from the president of the ABA. A very few have done it. In truth is it just gets you tired, a significant credit card bill, and well it does get you good memories, too I suppose.
then these birds were everywhere, on roofs, in ditches, back yards, everywhere
This is the first time I have heard them winnow, they do not sound like Wilson’s snipe and are a coded bird, I would see later but here is fine. Lena got many many birds, but for me, that was it for the day on land before we headed out to sea that evening as the weather improved.
We also had a whiskered auklet fly into the boat which impressed my daughter. I guess a bird in hand is better than one on the camera.
I guess bird 700 was a highlight as well.
The low point, these ladders
Capt Bill and Chris near the plank to walk to the ladder
Big Year Total: 710
Coded Birds: 65
number to go to old record: 40
showshoes 4 (isn't going to be any more)
Lifers seen this year: 48
nights slept in car: 9
flight $35 miles
hotel $460 (double booked a hotel by mistake extra $200 in cluded)
incidentals and food $210
rental car Anchorage $55
Let me say, I was a bit grumpy after a weird screw up/ confusing reservation in booking hotel on backside of this but the staff at Lakefront hotel in Anchorage was great, you pay more here but it is one of the few hotels, I think it worth the price. Hotel.com...not so.