Date: 11/16/19 4:07 pm From: 'Tom McCabe' <tmccabe9...> [ible] <ible-noreply...> Subject: [IBLE] A special day of birds
I figured it was going to be a good day for birding when I discovered a Merlin in a neighbor's tree, overlooking my feeders. But then as I was leaving with my bike, I noticed a Robin-sized bird in another neighbor's tree, that turned out to be a Townsend's Solitaire. Neither are regulars in my neighborhood.
Things settled down for a while after that, and I accumulated 27 birds along my ride. That's when I heard the distinctive call of a White-breasted Nuthatch, who hung around "honking" for a little while. I continued on to Les Bois, picking up birds as I went.
Then, on my way back, I heard the call of a Cooper's Hawk, protesting about something. I kept trying to get a look at the bird when I noticed a hulking shape in the trees, and I realized the Cooper's was complaining about a Great Horned Owl sitting low in a tree. That helped to explain why Black-billed Magpies would be anywhere near a Cooper's.
So now I had 35 birds, but the treats kept coming. The next bird was a Pacific Wren, hanging out in his winter quarters that Jay Carlisle pointed out to me a number of years ago. He even came out to greet me. (Or was he complaining about my presence?)
Of course, any time I get near a round number (like 40), my BADD (Birder's Attention Deficit Disorder) kicks into high gear, and I quickly added a Pied-billed Grebe, then an American Goldfinch and an American Coot. But by then I'd seen most of the "usual suspects," and I was wondering what I could do for #40.
That's when I saw the Greater White-fronted Goose, hanging out with a bunch of Canada Geese at Esther Simplot. Forty birds, my Extreme Daily Allowance, in November!
The icing on the cake was #41, a Lesser Goldfinch in my back yard. A truly special day.