Between laundry, spending time with Gerri and the cats, catching up with friends, eating properly, drinking proper coffee (!) I've managed to sneak in some local birding. The Little Gull at Newburyport Harbor continued long enough for me to see it, but the Ruff (state bird) just couldn't wait.
Little Gull - a nice surprise. A bird I thought I'd miss this year.
As for summer breeders and migrants - I caught up with Black-billed Cuckoo, Whippoorwill and Blue-winged Warbler, while Canada Warbler and Least Flycatcher remained elusive.
When I return from the Pribilofs I'll be starting the summer tracking down all those migrants that I missed. Here's what I've missed so far and ideas for where I might get them:
1. Olive-sided Flycatcher - MA?
2. Least Flycatcher - MA?
3. Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher - AZ (Chiricahuas)
4. Thick-billed Kingbird - AZ (Patagonia)
5. Bicknell's Thrush - ME?
6. Golden-winged Warbler - Tamarac NWR, MN (thanks Liz!)
7. Kirtland's Warbler - MI
8. Cerulean Warbler - MA?
9. Swainson's Warbler - ???
10. Kentucky Warbler - ???
11. Connecticut Warbler - Sax-Zim or the UP in MI
12. Mourning Warbler - MA?
13. Canada Warbler - MA?
14. Henslow's Sparrow - MN (Murphy-Hanrahan Park - thanks Hans!)
15. Saltmarsh Sparrow - MA
16. Nelson's Sparrow - ME
I'd love to hear from anyone with suggestions on the above - especially Kentucky and Swainson's.
I also need to go back to AZ for Mexican Chickadee (grrrr...), Northern Pygmy-owl and Common Poorwill which I missed last time. And I still need Sharp-tailed Grouse - which should be doable up in the UP.
So - lots still to see! And - I still haven't been to California yet, where's there's a whole bunch of new birds waiting for me. If I have time, I'd like to fit in a pelagic trip as well, sometime in June.
I should creep over 600 by the end of May, which is already 50 more than I'd ever imagined getting. Suddenly 650, or even 675, seems possible. But first - getting to Alaska...
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BIG YEAR LIST: 590
NEW YEAR BIRDS (4): Little Gull, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Whip-poor-will.