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October 2011: Retrospecticus

October 31, 2011
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And like that, there are only two more months left in the year.  My Big Year cracked the 200 mark this past month, so that milestone is reached.  It’s a good thing too, because the migration is seriously coming back to earth, even in the south, and the door for new birds is closing rapidly.  The last two months are mop up months, cleaning up the birds I missed and chasing rarities.  Should be fun.

I just hope none show up during the second week of November, when I’m going to be at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival working a booth for the ABA.  So, Triangle area birders, if you’re reading this, I declare a moratorium of local rarities from November 8 thru to the 14th.  I appreciate your willingness to work with me.

So, how about October, huh?

The Single-issue voter was not impressed with Rick Santorum.

There was this movie about birding that opened.  I had some time to think about it, as well as birder’s responses to it.

The Birder Jargon Project tackled pishing, as well as those birds that never seem to respond to it, the sparrows.

I like Black-and-White Warblers, particularly ones that pose for me.

This really has been a remarkable month for my state list.  I picked up three new birds for North Carolina: Golden-winged Warbler, Franklin’s Gull, and Ross’s Goose.  That list one was a lifer, which is pretty damn cool.

Oh, and Happy Halloween if you’re so inclined.

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Next month it’s all about south Texas.  If I did themes, next month would be Valley month.  It may be anyway.  I can’t wait.  See you then.

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