Here’s a brief photo-centric update of my late November birding efforts. This latest segment follows my fifth home retreat of the year. I managed to avoid any such returns in 2016.
Marathoners complain about the ‘brick wall’ that can suddenly appear somewhere around the 20-mile mark. I seem to have hit mine at the onset of November. After chalking up an impressive 34 species during October, my my tally of year-birds for November – as of Thanksgiving night (28th) is a paltry 3 species. Following is a brief outline of travels so far this month.
Nov 3 Los Angeles successful search for Yellow-chevroned Parakeet
Nov 4-7 At home in Australia for Aussie Ark function
Nov 9-14 Quebec, multiple missions, dipping on two target species (Dovekie, Purple Sandpiper in frustrating circumstances)
Nov 15-21 At home in Australia due to fire concerns
Nov 23 Oahu scouting for means of reaching Swiftlet roosting tunnel on the 25th, while dipping on Yellow-faced grassquit.
Nov 24 Kona pelagic trip with Mandy Taplas and Alex Wang – no new species
Nov 25 Oahu – another unsuccessful attempt to reach Mariana Swiftlet roosting tunnel
Nov 26 Oahu – successful (heard only) search for Yellow-faced Grassquit
Nov 27 Arizona – unsuccessful search for Blue-footed Booby
Nov 28 Massachusetts – successful twitch of Barnacle Goose