“People often ask me how it is that I seem to be so much at peace. There is a primary reason — and it is available to all who wish to have it. Here’s a simple prerequisite to attaining peace at that level. I invite you to observe the beasts, birds and fish and let them teach you. Let this be a daily routine and life, as you know it, will never be the same.”
– Eddie Bo

Monday, September 21, 2015

Day 264 - Milestone: 250 Species!

After a bit of a lull at the beginning of the month the species have been adding up nicely and I have been approaching the 250 species milestone faster than I imagined I would.  Fall migration has been very good to me.  Today I reached the 250 species mark with a Solitary Sandpiper!  

Peter Schneekloth found the bird today at Lake Los Carneros during his lunch break.  The email report arrived and the routine began.  1) Tell my wife "there's a bird in Goleta."  2) Get dressed, pull the binocs and camera together, make sure the bike is ready.  3) Ride off towards the bird.

When I arrived at the lake the only wader I could find was a Greater Yellowlegs.  Similar in appearance to the Solitary Sandpiper yes, but not the bird I was after.  I saw local bird-chasing enthusiasts Marge and Don Thornton on the far shore of the lake looking intently at something so I headed over there.  Sure enough in addition to the Yellowlegs there was a Black-necked Stilt, a Dowitcher, and the star of today's show - Solitary Sandpiper!  Its speckled back, strong eye ring and straight bill distinguish it from the other waders.

So I have made it to 250 species with 100 days left in the year.  I will be away for a bit of that, but otherwise I plan to keep chasing the birds until the calendar runs out.  It will be interesting to see how many more species I can add to the year's list!

Solitary Sandpiper - #250!

Solitary Sandpiper

This morning I spent some time at La Mesa Park.  It was a very warm and steamy morning.  There was plenty of warbler and tanager activity in the Eucalyptus trees but I could not find anything unusual.  A couple of photos:

Cooper's Hawk

White-crowned Sparrow, first of the season.

After the addition of this 1 species, the year's total stands at 250!

Today I rode a total of 24 miles

More later,

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations with your sestercentennial. It's also nice that this milestone is a proper bird. Onwards!