During the night before last I woke up, got up, and made the decision to go home. It was 1:30am and I was in my Spokane motel. I checked on the computer for any last minute good news on the Black-vented Oriole in Texas. Finding none, I took the plunge. I changed my airline reservations for Wednesday. I was going home. With those changes in place I went back to bed for a few hours and got up in time to shower and catch the shuttle to the airport. I checked in at Southwest but I because my layover in Denver was longer than four hours, I would have to pick up my bag and wait three hours to re-check it. The route from Spokane to Denver flew over much of the length of the Rockies. Snow, snow, snow. It was gorgeous to behold. I'm sure the ski resorts are loving it. In Denver I waited, read, had lunch, and finally checked in including another security ritual. I'm still awaiting my first groping. Another three hours of waiting, but during that time I watched a Rough-legged Hawk and a Ferruginous Hawk hunting over the airport grasslands. Really nice! Then I was on my way to Chicago Midway. The plane was a bit late and my connection was tight, so I didn't get the meal I had planned. Of course when I got to the gate which was all the way around on the other side of Chicago Midway, my flight was delayed and there wasn't food to be had. I enjoyed a couple of granola bars, boarded the plane, and flew to Norfolk where Joyce picked me up. Got to bed about 1:00am.
Today I'm watching our bird feeders while it's snowing at home and I'm enjoying it immensely. The TX oriole hasn't been seen again. There's no follow-up on the Common Crane sighting in NJ, but I'm checking into it. So I'll have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a cup of coffee, and wait for something cool to drop in at our feeder.