Bound for Mo
Next week I’ll be reporting from the midwest, as The Drinking Bird show is heading out on the road for the holidays. As of tomorrow evening I’ll be in southwest Missouri, ostensibly for family time, but I think we all know that means a little bit of bird time too.
It’s been a couple years since I was home in Missouri, and the last time I was there was pretty slow from a birding perspective. I managed to get out once and see a Rufous Hummingbird, mostly because it was within literal walking distance of my parents’ house. Back in 2007, before I was encumbered by child, I did a fair bit better picking up Brewer’s Blackbirds, Cackling Geese, and a nice little LeConte’s Sparrow. But that’s been four years now. How time flies.
My goal, of course, is to have things go a little more like the first trip and less like the second. I’ll have more time, which bodes will for at least one trip to the hinterlands of western Missouri for another crack at LeConte’s Sparrow, not to mention Harris’s Sparrows and Rough-legged Hawks and possible a Prairie Falcon and a decent shot at my big target, Smith’s Longspur. Western Missouri may not immediately strike you as a good place to bird, but the great thing about birding is that just about everywhere has something to draw you in, and this place is better than many.
So Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/etc to all those of you who visit this here blog. I hope for a season full of birds for you and yours, but mostly you because if you’re like me, very few other people care.