I writing this post during the time that I should be out on the Pacific Ocean on a pelagic trip. Rain and rough seas cancelled the trip. I was expecting to add several new birds to my year list. To make the trip more green for me I had arranged to ride to Fort Bragg with Ron LeValley, one of the leaders for the boat trip. It just so happens that Jon Dunn, one of the other leaders was staying at Ron’s house and was in the car when I was picked up. For the birders reading this, yes it was that Jon Dunn, the editor of the National Geographic–“Field Guide to the Birds of North America” now in it’s 6th edition.
After the trip was cancelled we rode around doing some birding. He was really willing to share his knowledge of birds as was Ron. I was hoping some of it would rub off on me.
Without the birds I was expecting to find out on the ocean it will be hard to get over the 240 bird species I had thought I would get doing this experimental “green” year.
With the Curlew Sandpiper I’m at 232 with over 2175 truck miles saved and with 3/4 of the year over.
Update: I just added a bird and some miles just by checking my records. I forgot about the MacGillivray’s Warbler I found at Hare Creek on the new Mendocino Land Trust Trail. That trip was a combined Hare Creek and Shrunk Rail Tracks trip. New totals are 233 birds with over 2196 truck miles saved. I’ll get to 240 anyway I can.