September 2008: Retrospecticus
Fall migration is in full swing as we come to the end of another month here at The Drinking Bird. let’s step back and have a look at what happened.
We found out what happened to that golfer who killed a hawk.
Introduced you all to a Swainson’s Warbler project I’m working on.
I railed against drilling offshore in North Carolina, sadly only a week before the Democrats allowed that ban to expire.
Mentioned a couple interesting new resources for birders to use on the internet. I realize now perhaps I was a tad unfair towards Birdpost, if anyone has any positive experiences with the program feel free to leave a comment to that effect*.
As politics becomes the big story nationwide, I began a look at those who would fill the executive ticket, starting with the staggeringly disappointing Sarah Palin, and introduced a side of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that birders might find interesting.
On an secondary Big Year note, I have recently become aware that I am not the only birder in North Carolina attempting the feat. Derb Carter, a Chapel Hill area lawyer and keen birder, is also putting together quite a list, and in a recent post to the state listserve he placed his total at a staggering 338, a full 60 birds ahead of me. Though perhaps I should have realized something, now that I think on it he was on both pelagics I took this year. So he’s on the way to breaking the record in a year that is noteworthy not only for relatively few vagrants but also astounding energy issues. I imagine being a lawyer who drives a Prius certainly helps, but I can’t help but feel a bit of schadenfreude in that I do have a couple birds he doesn’t.
Alas, it looks as though my record is only a personal one, a realization I had been coming to myself anyway. Best of luck to Derb as he shoots for the magical 349!
The highlight next month will undoubtedly be my second hosting of I and the Bird, so keep me in mind for that. Fall birds will be coming hot and heavy the first part of the month, at least I hope so, and we’ll finish up with looks at the rest of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
Thanks for stopping by!
*Edit: I gave in and tried Birdpost. See comments for reactions.