Yesterday began a trip to try to get some life birds before the end of the year. First up: at the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge on the northern Oregon coast, a Tundra Bean-Goose, feeding with a flock of Cackling and Canada geese, in this field right above my finger! I got there right around sunset, so was very, very lucky to get the bird right then.
Heading south on the main coastal road to California last night, drove past a place I’ve played before. Not this trip!
Two days ago, in Patagonia, near the Arizona and Mexico border, attended the festivities celebrating the continued operation of the Paton Center for Hummingbirds. Photo of me and Bonnie Patton Moon, whose parents allowed strangers starting in the 1970’s to visit their backyard and watch all the incredible hummers that were attracted to their feeders.