Every time I think I’m getting pretty good at this birding stuff, someone comes along and takes me down a few pegs. This week it happened twice. The first was an email from an ebird rep wanting more information on a sighting I had earlier this month. I reported an American Tree Sparrow and he politely informed me that, while not impossible, it was very improbable. Usually, if I put something that flags as rare and I don’t have a photo, I delete it, but for some reason it didn’t flag, and even though I had no photograph I felt fairly confident in my identification. Anyway, I couldn’t be sure so I deleted the report. It was probably a chipping sparrow or something similar. Sparrows are hard for me.
The other was even worse. I go out birding 3 or more times a week and might see 35 or so different species in a morning at most. Yesterday, someone travelling through here spotted 65 different species in a morning, three of which, I’ve never seen. So, naturally, I had to go out this morning and see if I could at least add those two to my list. One of them, a Sora, I might have heard, but if I did, it was so far away and the resident Red-wing Blackbirds were being so loud that I might have just imagined it, or it might have been a killdeer or something. Next was an Upland Sandpiper, which I didn’t see any sign of. However, I reported a Greater Yellowlegs 3 days ago and now questions if it was actually a UPSA rather than a GRYE that I saw. Of course I didn’t take a photo. Third was a Bonapart’s Gull. I did see a Franklin’s Gull the day before this report, but then so did the other guy. Actually he saw over 30 of them plus the Bonapart’s. Maybe I need new glasses.
So, anyway, here’s a few of the birds I did see.