Since warmer weather is heading our way, and breeding season is coming to an end, I’m assuming that my daily numbers are going to decline, but it’s been a good run. The last time I missed identifying at least 40 species was May 8, just before Mother’s Day. Since then I’ve had 4 days of 50+, including today’s ride with 57 birds. Of course the biggest days usually meant a longer ride, and today’s was 25 miles, but a great day. I even got to bird with Larry Arnold! And today included 6 raptors: BAEA, RTHA, AMKE, SWHA, OSPR, and COHA. The Swainson’s flew over my back yard as I was finishing dinner.
I’m hoping I’m wrong about diminishing numbers, but just being on my bike and looking for birds is a pleasant relief from the craziness that surrounds our daily lives.
Tom McCabe, Boise