So I've taken a long, long, LONG break. Well the good news is that I've done some awesome birding in the meantime. All summer I was making trips and saw some stellar birds throughout my trip. I'll run through some of the highlights and then the list with some pictures!
Summer 2012 Highlights:
Georgia in June 2012
While I was hunting down a Summer Tanager, I saw my first Ruby-Throated Hummingbird of the Year! I also found a Dickcissel in a farm in Rutledge, GA. I never found the Summer Tanager but I did find a Prothontary Warbler! I was a great time! I also got married and found a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher at the reception, a life bird for my new wife!
Shenandoah National Park, Early July
The only new bird we got here was a Chestnut-sided Warbler. However, the birding here was incredible! Indigo Buntings and Eastern Towhees were ubiquitous! Ravens and Vultures as well. While I missed out on finding a Canada Warbler, we did manage to find a flock of Cedar Waxwings, rare for the area, another Dickcissel! The Find of the Trip though was a Barn Owl, right outside the dining restaurant! We also found deer, black bears and founda timber rattlesnake. A great trip and a great park!
British Columbia and Western Washington, Late July to Early August
A quick list of the birds we saw: Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Chestnut-Backed Chickadee, Bewick's Wren, Black-Throated-Gray Warbler, Bushtits, California Gull, California Quail, Common Murre, Oregon-Backed Junco, Glaucous-Winged Gull, Heermann's Gull, Marbled Murrelet, Northwestern Crow, Pacific-Slope Flycatcher, Pigeon Guillemot, Rhinoceros Auklet, Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Spotted Towhee, Western Gull, Western Tanager, Western Wood-Pewee and a Wilson's Warbler! A lot of birds but I am still thinking about the birds we chased but couldn't find! I was really hoping to find a Varied Thrush and Black Oyster Catcher, but alas, I missed out on both of them. I did enjoy this amazing environment. We didn't see any bears, but we did see a Salmon fish Ladder, Harbor Seals (pic below) and a wild Mink1 I definitely want to go back to the Pacific Northwest and bird some more!
Life List Total:
214! (14 past my goal!)