Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Back Home in Virginia

Tonight with a great sense of relief and satisfaction I drove into our driveway after 5500 miles and 14 states and 267 birds in 16 days.  This morning in Indianapolis IN my sister Judy fixed us a great breakfast.  She likes to cook just as our mom did.  Last night for dinner it was an old family favorite, turkey tetrazinni, which we enjoyed.  The hospitality was great, but at about 7am this morning we hit the road and after nine hours, I dropped John off in Staunton, VA.  It took another three plus hours for me to reach Norfolk where Joyce was waiting with some homemade soup.  Yumm.
The only new bird added to the list today was Common Raven, Calvin Brennan's email name, which we spotted soaring as we came through Green Sulfur Springs WV (web photo).  It rained pretty much the whole way and the rain only stopped during the fog episodes.  Yes, fog again.
It's good to be home, but I've got plenty to do.  Our next major out-of-area trip is to Arizona.  In the meantime I'll do some local birding in between the many local errands and appointments needed to get ready to go again.


  1. I'm really enjoying your blog and checking in daily--when are you going to AZ?

  2. Bob,
    It was indeed a great ride. Thanks for the opportunity to share this big year with you and take advantage of your vast birding experience. And, most importantly, to work on solving all the World's woes while driving between birding venues. I will probably go to Highland Co this week for GOEA & RLHA, trying to narrow the gap, at least until you head out on your own for who-knows-where. See you next week for NC & CO. /John

  3. Welcome home Bob!