|A Mallard approaches us|
I'm tired of the chasing. I'm tired of the ebird reports and most of all just feeling a bit confined for the moment. The home requires a little TLC and I'm working on several projects right now that will add a little spark to our place.
|Black-capped Chickadee at one of the hotspots I created for Ebird in Colorado Springs.....Quail Lake|
|Bucks hidden in a secret canyon outside of Colorado Springs during hunting season|
|American Avocets in Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico last week|
People will ask me, "What has been the most challenging part about this birding trek?" Time and money are a challenge especially when there is a full-time job to consider. I've only hit half the necessary hot spots in the US to stay in the top 100. With more money and "free" time, I could plot and strategize better. Another challenge? Locating grouse! They are some of the most difficult birds to locate. Some of the grouse that have eluded me so far this year have been the Dusky, Pine and Gunnison sage-grouse! They are VERY difficult. It took me two years to discover the secretive nature of this Montezuma Quail below! Hearing the bird is one thing but to watch it watch me only inches away was quite a learning experience. The bird was completely camouflaged by the grasses and for me it was one of the hardest things I've had to do as a birder this year!
So as I slow down, for now, I am learning to just enjoy the simple things and pull back from my personal challenge of "finding all the birds". I have one last big trek for the year scheduled into California. For the time being, I'm drawing my shades and just relaxing a bit before going back on the road again. I'm not going to let the competitive birding out there drive me insane:) Maybe it's too late for that?
|Sparrow love-Brewer's Sparrow. Yeah it's brown and plain but.......what a cool bird!|
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