[Tweeters] Bird List Blues (long)

Vicki vickibiltz at gmail.com
Fri May 20 09:28:12 PDT 2022

Hello, so after completing the Ohio trip, I was dismayed to see that my
informal NA bird list is still under 500. This is after birding over 40+
years, but not birding for huge gaps, due to family obligations (autistic
son, etc)
I don’t have some of the given birds that you get when you’ve birded in
our state for many years. Like the White Winged Crossbill and sharp tailed
I know a long trip is needed in Florida, which may likely get me over the
And I’m not happy counting the Flammulated Owl, as it’s been heard
numerous times, but not seen. But it was recommended at the time to do so.
So I have.
Anyway, I’m going to try to chase more rarities this year.
I do have Rustic Bunting from the Leavenworth area, Eurasian Dotterel and
Blue Footed Booby from Oregon, things like that ( please don’t tell me the
booby isn’t countable as I shall be terribly disappointed). Actually I
think it was countable, it was in 1993 if I recall correctly, but I have to
look it up.
Anyway, being fully immersed in birding is infectious. And boy, does
Ohio ever do that to you!!! Since I did get the desired Kirtlands, next
time we go to Ohio, I think we will hit Columbus, and drive closer to
Appalachia. I’m not only wanting to build my list, but revisit species I’ve
not seen in many years.
So that’s about it.
My Evening Grosbeaks are fat and happy, not the huge numbers I’ve had in
the past. But enough to break the bird seed bank. And they are eating out
of my squirrel buster feeder. And eating my shelled sunflower seeds. I
didn’t plan on that happening.
My lesser goldfinch crew seems to have abandoned me this breeding season.
I was really sporadic on winter feedings because of the siskins. So I’m
being punished. I’m hoping they’ll show up later this summer when they are
moving around after nesting.
That is all.
Vicki Biltz
Buckley, WA
vickibiltz at gmail.com

vickibiltz at gmail.com
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