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.
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$).
I’m sure I won’t hold the position for long… But kind of cool to be top five for the US. Maybe I can stay in the top five for January.
This year’s going to be a stunning birding year… I just know it. If I had the money I’d do a big year, but alas I’m lacking in the funds to chase the rarities. But I’ll be going to SE Arizona, and hitting Texas for the rio grande birding festival… hopefully going on a few pelagics as well.
Purple sandpiper, sandwich tern and great black backed gull at Jetty Park.
Dipped on the reported common eider (alas we are scopeless and the last few reports mention scopes).
But we did see lots of bottlenose dolphins up close from the pier.
The trip count is hovering around 122 birds, at least 25 lifers, 9+ herps (including a massive florida softshell, and a lovely lifer cottonmouth), a handful of fish (highlights being an eagle spotted ray and barracuda seen from a glass bottomed boat), and several mammals including key deer, native fox squirrels and manatees.
My bird year count is at 215 since Jan 1st.
The hotel’s Internet isn’t working tonight so I can’t upload pictures… but there were great birds today!
Highlights were: female painted bunting (lifer) and three vireos including a white-eyed vireo (all lifers)
Overall Florida trip list so far is 105 species, yearlist is 195 species.