After I returned from my ride yesterday I was trying to figure out a bit of strategy. As of yesterday there were at least 6 birds I could get up in the north part of the county (assuming they stick around!). These places are 50 to 80 miles away, so this would ideally involve a 3 day trip. At the moment I don't have 3 days free, so I was contemplating doing a 2-day round trip. This would be a stretch. Also, my right knee is still not at 100%, and I was feeling pretty wiped out by the ride home into the wind. I know - excuses, excuses.
Well, the whole planning exercise went out the window when I got a message from Peter Schneekloth saying that he had found a Pacific Wren in Goleta, and was that one I needed? Oh yeah! So this chilly morning I headed out to Goleta hoping to meet up with this small wren. When I was a few miles away I got a text message from Tom Turner saying the bird was indeed at the noted spot.
When I arrived I saw Tom's bike, but not Tom. I wandered around a bit, getting another text message a few minutes later from Tom saying that the bird was present at the spot I left my bike. Of course by the time I returned it was not to be seen! A short while later we could hear it calling, but still no visual. Tom had to leave, so I waited around and sure enough after about 15 minutes it reappeared. I lingered awhile longer to get some so-so photos of this active little bugger. Pacific Wren joins the list at #269!
After the successful encounter with the wren, I wandered my way back through Goleta enjoying the sunny morning and visiting a couple spots along the way - the old Ocean Meadows Golf Course and Goleta Beach. It was simply crazy how many Red-breasted Nuthatches there were at the golf course - this montane species that was completely absent from the coastal plain a couple months ago now seems to be everywhere!
Another fine morning with the birds.
More photos from today:
Rock (feral) Pigeon - Nice to see them out in the "wild"
Great Blue Heron
Red-breasted Merganser - Female
After the addition of this 1 species, the year's total stands at 269
The Score: Vermont 264, Green Big Year 269
Today I rode a total of 29.9 miles