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Retrospecticus: April 2011

April 29, 2011

Migration is in full swing.  If you’re not birding now, then when?  So maybe I don’t blame you for not reading The Drinking Bird during this critical time.  But here’s what you missed anyway.

I continued to post on my trip to Florida, covering the birds around the resort and some birds farther afield.

I reviewed the new Jerry Liguori book, Hawks at a Distance.  It’s great.

I considered the poor showing by federal and Indiana state officials in the prosecution of a pair of young men convicted of killing a Whooping Crane.

I continued my Triangle Big Year, ending the month at 142 ( I hope I can get to 175 by the end of May.  Good birds included a surprise Surf Scoter, the first migrants of spring, and a bunch of FOYs.

Last but not least, I picked up a life bird, North Carolina’s first record of Cassin’s Sparrow.

Thanks for reading!  See you next month!

  1. Patricia Marshall permalink
    May 1, 2011 3:36 pm

    Hello Nate,
    I would like to ask for your permission to use some of your words from the April 22 entry, “The Price of a Whooping Crane” in a statement as part of an old-fashioned letter writing campaign. The letters will go to US Attorney of Indiana, Vermillion County Court, and the Indianapolis Star newspaper. Each letter will consist of a short paragraph and maybe a picture of the “first family” along with a place for a signature and date. I will post it in my facebook page for friends to print, sign and mail (and hopefully share it with their FB friends as well)

    You are such a good writer, do you have suggestions on how to put this together? As you can see, I am prone to using too many words and I think that a letter like this should be written in a way that gets the message across with as few words as possible.


  2. Nate permalink*
    May 5, 2011 8:20 am

    @Patricia- Sure thing, so long as you attribute it to me.

    I don’t have any suggestions, but I think you’re going about it the right way!

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