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Retrospecticus: February 2011

February 28, 2011
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February is the shortest month, so at first glance you’d thing you get less value for your subscription at the Drinking Bird than any other time during the year. But that’s not true, and just just because my blog is public and free, but also because there are still, alway, birds to see.

But in case you missed anything…

I returned from the SuperBowl of Birding with great photos, tales of daring do, and two lifers, King Eider (ABA #500*!) and Northern Shrike (a less impressive, but still notable ABA #501).

*I realize that in all my hand-wringing about finding that 500th bird, including dipping on potential 500s Red Crossbill and Black-headed Gull, I really should have made a bigger deal about this.  And I wanted to too, but I didn’t get any photos of the bird, sitting a far ways offshore but not so far that I couldn’t have digiscoped it had I remembered my point and shoot, or even the moment itself with is sort of anti-climatic when it’s all said and done.  And that, friends, is what is known as irony.

I enjoyed a really great bird beer from Cotleigh Brewery, Barn Owl Ale.

I got out in the field, racking up pipits and sparrows, and even Fish Crow while leading a bird walk.

I considered those birding lost years, regrets shared by so many other birders.

And I reviewed Richard Crossley’s fascinating new contribution to the birder’s library, The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds.

Thanks for reading.  And I hope you’ll be back next month!

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