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June 2011: Retrospecticus

June 30, 2011

First some very exciting news!  I will be traveling to the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in November as part of the American Birding Association contingent.  I’ll be going on some field trips, working the booth, doing a little social media stuff, and basically networking with birders and ABA members and promoting the organization.  It’s going to be a ton of fun and if you are planning on attending too, please look me up.  I imagine I’ll have a nametag or something.

There may have been a June swoon here at The Drinking Bird, but only if you don’t like pelagics.  This month was defined by two trips, one to the northeast to celebrate the nuptials of some old friends (and do a little birding), and the second a 4 day bird-stravaganza in the eastern part of North Carolina highlighted by two pelagics out of Hatteras where birds and whales abound.

Pennsylvania offered some nice northern warblers and on the way back I was able to find time to bird with the estimable Corey Finger of 10,000 Birds in Central Park.

The next weekend was a pelagic double feature with my friends Christopher Ciccone of Picus Blog and Ali Iyoob of North American Birding Blog.  I picked up two lifers, a long overdue Great Shearwater and three phenomenal White-tailed Tropicbirds, not to mention the Storm-Petrels, Shearwaters and whales you expect on a trip like this.

My Triangle Big Year took a backseat, but I still managed to come up with a Kentucky Warbler, and another bird to be named later…

And I finally came to the long end of my weekly Life’s Birds series. ( 2007-2011).  You shall be missed.

Thanks for reading, commenting and everything else.  I do really appreciate it!  See you in July!


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