|Going through old reports tells me that Common Yellowthroat was #95 on my Travis county list. This is a different individual. Duh.|
|#199 - How did Magnolia Warbler elude me for so long?|
|#291 - My latest addition, Gray-cheeked Thrush.|
|A very, very warm looking Gray-cheeked Thrush. If only we were on the east coast, we could try to string this thing into a Bicknell's.|
I started the year with 287 birds on my Travis county list and no doubt in my mind that 300 would come and go before I made it to the other side of December. There were a couple easy birds to pick up, and there are always one or two random things that show up each month. But now we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of this year, and I've only picked up 4 of my needed 13 birds. That is not a good pace. Part of it is my fault for being out of town during whatever migration we got here in central Texas; fair enough. But a more important factor, one which I all too easily forget, is that each new bird on your list is twice as hard as the one before it. Basically, you run out of shit to see. And so now I'm fixated. Fixated on this magical round number 300 that will simultaneously give me ethereal fulfillment and an excuse to have that third glass of whiskey on a Tuesday night.
|#86 - munching on some kind of big red bug.|
|#96 - Fortunately, my actual county Redstart was a sharp looking dude, as opposed to this study in subdued.|
|#51 here laid eggs in the middle of the road at Hornsby. She is now surrounded by orange cones.|