Today's ride was crappy. There were several bouts of lightning that forced me to take shelter at various roadside stops. The road was very busy as well and the shoulder was less than outstanding. There was also TONS of road kill: raccoons, prairie dogs, rabbits, and dozens of deer. It is amazing that there is anything left alive along the Route 40 corridor. By far the most painful thing I saw on the road today was a dead Long-eared owl. This is a bird I have only seen alive 4-5 times in my life. A dead Great-horned owl a few hours later was also a bit disturbing. Ugh......
88 miles today
There was one good piece of bird news today. I heard and subsequently observed a Least flycatcher along the road. This is a bird that I heard but did not see in Texas. It is also a bird that I did not at all expect to find in Utah! It was the lone bright spot in an otherwise depressing and frustrating day.
I now need to spend some time sorting out what the heck is going to happen tomorrow. Gotta run!
Oh yeah, Sonia and I will be doing a fair bit of camping in the next few days as we head up high to look for Black-rosy finch. This means were might not have internet access, but I will be sure to update everyone when we do!