Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thanks for the Scope Offers

Nothing new on the bird front, but it is certainly heartwarming to know that there are some really nice people out there.  I have been offered the use of a scope with no strings attached by three different people.  At present I'm just hanging in there and using my larger Leica scope when I can work out of the car (and not leave it behind!).  I have contacted our insurance company and under our homeowners policy it looks as if I'll be able to recover some funds which can be used toward the purchase of a replacement scope, probably next year.  In the meantime I'm enjoying being home and checking out the birds in the backyard with a cup of coffee, of course.  I'm trying to get over to Kiptopeke, but I haven't made it yet, because I've been getting some chores done and preparing for the West Coast pelagic trip this coming weekend.  I've also kept my eye on the Rare Bird Alerts and have seen Jack Snipe (AK) and Wood Sandpiper (BC) be recent one-day wonders, so no chase has been  possible.  Several other sightings around the country were of birds whose identity could not be corroborated, so I rejected them.  Right now there's an unconfirmed sighting from NV posted on ebird of a Fork-tailed Flycatcher.  I could stop on the way to CA and have a go at it IF it turns out to be genuine and stays put long enough to be seen again.  Meanwhile there are the baseball playoff games.  Yahoo!


  1. Glad you're getting a little r&r and baseball! Look forward to seeing you out in California. Raptors were in constant view over Cape Charles today, but haven't seen a Golden over the new house ... yet.

  2. . . . just hanging . . . would think you could use a little of that just hanging stuff! Enjoy your little rest before heading back out to capture more birds. Renee

  3. BTW, I believe that "really nice people" don't offer scopes to scoundrels! So I think you have to count yourself as a person in that category! And besides, I imagine none of these really nice people wanted you (or them, living vicariously through your big year) to miss a bird because of no scope. We're all rooting for you and loving it! Renee