I'm a herpetologist by training but a naturalist at heart. My masters thesis is looking into the Panamint alligator lizard, Elgaria panamintina. In particular I'm focusing on identifying its range and testing out a variety of novel techniques which may benefit the field of herpetology as a whole. I post things that interest me and often post updates on what I'm doing in the vertebrate museum, in the field, or in the lab.
Going to try for the marsh sandpiper tomorrow before work. It was spotted Wed. evening and well seen today, hopefully the people didn’t spook it and it can be seen tomorrow. Goal of arriving right around sunup means leaving here around 430.
Amazing year for rare shorebirds in CA so far…
I didn’t think I’d break 200 in January… and I just broke 250!
I had my lifer townsend’s solitare today, which was spectacular and we were able to get a visiting New York state birder his lifer yellow-billed magpie.
We ended the Butte County Big Day with a short-eared owl, making today’s bird total 112 species.
Yesterday’s Yuba County Big Day netted a little over 80 species.
By the way- two big days in a row is rough. Really really rough, but the spectacular birding was… spectacular.
Things I want to spend money on: 100-400mm lens, pelagic trips and other things related to my birding big year (anyone have any good east coast pelagic recommendations?).
Things I don’t want to spend money on: a 42$ reader for my grad school discussion class (which is probably just an accumulation of papers that could otherwise be acquired online, hopefully its something more substantial to be worth 42$).