Date: 11/28/18 11:06 am From: ed mcv <ed.mcvicker...> Subject: [obol] Re: Relocation (off topic)
well said, tom.
ditto from me, wayne. thanks. i hope you keep in touch with obol.
ed mcvicker sw portland
On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 8:06 AM Tom McNamara <tmcmac67...> wrote:
> Hi Wayne, > > Just wanted to say good luck and good times in your (and Carol's) > relocation to NC. A quick initial thought was selfish---rats! we don't > get to hear all of your always-informed commentary ---on all things bird > here in Oregon, our big loss. Thanks for all of that through the years. > But then I quickly thought: good for those guys!--making the most of > life, continuing the journey... and I imagined you driving through Georgia > with their favorite sons---Allman Bros. ---blasting "Ramblin Man"...at 11 > on the volume dial. > > And in just in the last few days it has been most gratifying to read that > your commentary continues! May that long continue (if you feel like > doing so :-) ) > > Again, best of times with many a good bird in NC. cheers, Tom > > > On Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 5:50 PM Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...> wrote: > >> I know at least a few of you are already aware of this. >> >> My partner Carol Cole and I have both retired from our careers this year, >> and are relocating to Wilmington, NC, to be closer to Carol's family. We >> have sold our house in South Beach. Carol flew out to Wilmington in mid >> October and is in the process of buying a house there. I departed Newport >> on Nov. 2 on an extended birding/photography trip to end up in Wilmington. >> The plan was to south to southern CA and then to SE Arizona, and then work >> east. Currently I am in Hammond, LA, and picking up the pace, intending to >> reach Wilmington by Nov. 25. >> >> I had intended to send periodic updates to OBOL, but have found my days >> very busy, often with 400-800photos to sort each night, and regular issues >> with eyestrain limiting my other computer time. >> >> Highlights to date have included 5 breaches by humpback whales and good >> photos of Sea Otters from a Whale-watching boat out of Monterey, and lots >> of photos of Black-vented Shearwaters and Common Dolphins from an Island >> Packers boat out of Ventura. I was birding in Thousand Oaks when the fires >> broke out so cut that off and headed east a day early, failing to find >> California Gnatcatchers. Salton Sea South produced good photos of Gambel's >> Quail, Verdins, Neotropic Cormorants, Abert's Towhees, Phainopeplas, and >> Desert Cottontails. SE Arizona produced some great birds but some >> disappointing misses - photographed 5 species of woodpeckers, 6 >> hummingbirds (unusual lingerers), Harris's and Zone-tailed hawks, 3 species >> of thrashers, a lingering Olive Warbler, Cactus Wren, Cardinals and >> Pyrrhuloxias. An unafraid Coati was at Madera Canyon, and a mid-day >> Striped Skunk entertained at Portal. I finally caught up to a Roadrunner >> near Deming NM, also Lark Buntings. Kerrville TX and San Antonio areas had >> Egyptian Geese and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Caracaras, more neotropic >> Cormorants, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. >> >> From here east most of he birtds will be species I can see in NC, so am >> picking up the pace - more driving, less birding. I will greatly miss >> Oregon birders and birding, and wish you all the best. >> >> Wayne Hoffman >> >>