The good news is that during the past two days I’ve added back-to-back ticks with the Steller’s Eiders and Common Pochard, bringing my year-list total to 840. The bad news, is that the storage people at Anchorage airport have ‘lost’ my bag with scope and winter clothing. That will not be a helpful element out on Adak Island over the next few days, but I continuously live in hope, and with the right mindset, I’ve found that things usually tend to work out OK.
In any event, I like the resonance of the nice rounded value of ‘840’. Even if there are no new birds to come during the last week of 2019, I’m happily surprised with the current total, and more than willing to spring for a new set of licence plates when I get back home – upgrading from my three-years-old ‘ABA 835’ plates.