Allen's hummingbird #574
The crew of nieces and nephew
Oct 26 - Nov 1 Ride to Tucson
Nov 1 - 5 Chase birds around SE AZ
Nov 6 - 20 Ride from SE AZ to Harlingen, TX (Averaging ~80 miles / day, totally doable)
Nov 20 - Dec 10? Bird Lower Rio Grande Valley
This is only a very rough timeline. Right now I am at 574 species (+1). I expect to add Scaly-breasted munia, California gnatcatcher, Yellow-footed gull, and Snow goose in the next week. That would bring me to 578+1. I will probably get Brown booby, and there are a number of additional possibilities in SD as well. These species could push me up to 580 or 581. I could pick up anywhere from 0-3 species in AZ, and I expect to get at least 20 in South Texas during the 3 weeks I will spend there. What quickly becomes evident is that I could potentially have A LOT of time on the back end of the year. There are a number of different possibilities for what could happen during this "extra" time. However, I will leave that discussion for later. I do not want to spend too much time worrying about this extra time until I know I will have it. A run up the Gulf coast to take another crack at Yellow rail followed by a run into northern Texas for Smith's longspur and Harris's sparrow followed by a sprint to St Louis for Eurasian tree sparrow would also be possible. I might even be able to find a Thayer's gull somewhere in the midwest. It would be a lot of riding, but what the hell at that stage, right?
OK, here is installment 3 of reader generated questions! I hope people are enjoying these......