But it is July...and I'm halfway done. I must say here and now, that the long and hot summer doldrums can literally eat you up in a big year. I feel it and summer is just starting. There is nothing I would rather do than just take off my clothes and watch the summer roll away while the grass sways in the breeze. But…alas, I cannot.
Now you may wonder how or why I brought a 16 year old to the Headquarters Bar in Graceville MN (home of Tom Kelly and If you have to ask, you do not know one of the heroes of Minnesota Sports that is some kind of sin). In Wisconsin we used to say that the drinking age was to be tall enough to see over the top of the bar, but in Minnesota well at least here, they have solved that problem, Minnesota is the land of ice augers, self jigging fishing poles, and well, post-it notes, they can solve any problem.....Here it was simple, they have just ordered high stools so kids as young as 6 or 7 can look over the bar just perfectly? Now they can say "Hey Mister, a Bud light please, I want to stay in shape, little league is not over yet." See they can now easily belly up to the bar...
Having a 16 year old designated driver.....no sweat!
We heard it well enough to count it and then it moved into a safer tree (for me) and surprise, surprise, I dug it out of the tree and got a pretty decent photograph for a yellow green vireo, through a hole in the branches....
#744 Yellow-green vireo
FWIW, a code three, and three tries to get a bird that felt like a leftover.
I had a nice chat with Mary whom was quite gracious to help me on her street, and so ends the saga of another tick.........
I spent $575 on this bird as I refused to burn my last remaining United FFlier miles, oh well, at least I'll get some back now.
Big Year Total: 744
Coded Birds: 77
provisionals: 1 + 2
number to go to old record: 6
speeding tickets: 1
showshoes 4 (isn't going to be any more)
Lifers seen this year: 59
nights slept in car: 12
slept in airplane: 4
I must confess, I bugged out of my mother's 4th of July party today and well she IS a good cook, and well, now all I get is leftovers, when I crawl into northern Wisconsin tonight...