On a whim, I decided to drive to southern Colorado in hopes of seeing the mega rare YELLOW GROSBEAK that showed up at feeders. Normally found in western Mexico, this one in Colorado was a first for that state. Anyway, once I *finally* arrived after the epic drive, the bird was there and most obliging:
04 June 2021
29 May 2021
Things have been low-key since migration has started to slow down. One day I drove up to the extreme SE tip of Iowa to hopefully find the PRAIRIE WARBLER that has been on territory there. It was quite an adventure but, in the end, I did manage to find it:
20 May 2021
Since I've been back from Arizona, I've been going out to some local areas once in a while. In some ways, it feels more like summer than spring now.
WOOD THRUSHES are back and filling the woods with their excellent songs:
18 May 2021
It had been more than a year since I had flown anywhere but I just returned from a quick tour in Arizona. It was a strange feeling to be flying (and to be guiding) again after such a long break.
The Arizona tour was a short one so I don't have tons to share.
There's been a long-staying NORTHERN JACANA near Tucson so I swung by and took a look:
14 May 2021
I just returned from a short tour in Arizona, my first serious travel in 14 months. Before I left for that though, spring migration in Missouri had ramped up completely.
I drove an hour south to see this MOTTLED DUCK, a rarity for Missouri: