I got a text from Sylvain at 6:10 that said, “I’m here in my parking spot, watching this weird thing called a sunrise.”
Needless to say, my partner does not often rise with the birds.
Today we got our pins to commemorate finishing the 100 Species Challenge.
Inside the park: Orange-crowned Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Carolina Wren, Redstart, Golden-winged Warbler, Hermit Thrush.
On the way to Hillman Marsh: House Sparrow (yes, finally!)*
Hillman Marsh: Bald Eagle, Semi-palmated Plover, American Pipit.
We did not manage to see the Pacific Loon, any Scoters (need a better scope?), the Dickcissel, Baybreasted Warbler, and many more birds that we heard via Twitter were being seen. That’s okay. You have to leave something for next time, or else next time would be no fun!
*side note: We never actually laid eyes on an American Crow, Rock Pigeon, or House Finch, so we did not count them even though we know they are very abundant within the Christmas Bird Count circle that constitutes the contest area.