Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Where I'm At

I'm not at home in the Southern Tier of New York, but maybe you can guess where I'm spending Turkey Day tomorrow. This doesn't factor into the location, but I'm unable to upload photos so it'll be a text only challenge.

The birding trips have been fairly local, just neighborhood birding with the occasional local park. On my walks I commonly see Red-breasted Nuthatches, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets (in good numbers!), Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Brown Creepers, American Robins and Varied Thrushes. When I say "commonly seen" I really mean "frequently hear" since getting binoculars on them in the trees and in the weather has been tough.

When I find a patch of open water to scope I frequently spot Horned, Red-necked, and Western Grebes, Common and Pacific Loons (I have my eye out for Yellow-billed), and gulls. Weird gulls, not quite Western, not quite Glaucous-winged. I sometimes find a Pigion Guillimot and/or Marbled Murrelet, and Bald Eagles aren't as forthcoming as I suspected.

Any guesses? Leave them in the comments, and let me know how you arrived at your conclusion!



A.J. said...

Inside information... but I'm not revealing your location. Sounds wonderful--great birds--and we will definitely have to plan a trip there! especially with the humans who are living there.

jan m said...

You must be in the Pacific Northwest, but I am not sure how far north (based on the birds mentioned) Our Thanksgiving visitor said that if you are experiencing poor weather for birdwatching, you must be in his hometown of Seattle!

noflickster said...

Congrats, jan m: you nailed it! We were actually in Seattle for a short time, mostly in Gig Harbor (just north of Tacoma). The view we had leaving Seattle for Bremerton was stunning, we actually had pretty good weather for most of the trip. It was only when I tried to photograph birds the weather kicked in!

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