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" 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

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