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Retrospecticus: March 2011

March 31, 2011

The end of March is an exciting time for birders.  April, the month that truly brings the neotropic migrants in real numbers to North America, and North Carolina, is just around the corner.  Granted, the peak is still about three weeks off.  Three weeks that seem to take three years to get here but, oh, is it worth it when it does.  A few weeks, days even, of maddening bird fueled ecstasy.  I can’t wait.   And with my new 400mm camera lens, this promises to be an especially picturesque spring for readers here.

*Oh this is a new deal I’m doing in these posts.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier – probably because I wasn’t taking especially nice photos –  but I’m showcasing my favorite photo of the month.  This from the family of Sandhill Cranes I saw at Kaliga Park in St. Cloud, Florida.

But this isn’t about the future, the post is about the past. What was The Drinking Bird like in March?  Here we go…

I started the month off reporting on my most recent bird state bird, a Common Redpoll that technically was seen in February, but why be picky?

I considered what it means to be the ABA blogger, an honor I’m still sorting out.  Go check out the ABA blog though!  Great stuff!

I considered the recent naming snafu concerning a brown Colombian Antpitta, which now be moot as the initial, honorific name may be rendered invalid due to lack of a type specimen.

Oh, I don’t know if you heard, but I went to Florida.  I found some amazing birds including Painted Buntings, Anhingas, Sandhill Cranes, and Snail Kites.  There’s much much more coming on that front.  I’ve barely even begun to pull out those photos and stories.

And there’s also the continuing Triangle Big Year, which was arrested by the week in Florida, but still managed to increase the list by 15 species to 113, thanks to lingering waterfowl, yard surprises, and early spring arrivals.   That’s all coming along rather nicely.

Thanks to all those who visit and read, I really appreciate it.  See you in April!

One Comment
  1. March 31, 2011 8:26 am

    Great picture of the Sandhill crane . Many are just getting here now. Congrats on the new lens. I hope someday for a 400.

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