Last week I received a message from Nancy stating that she and Michael, two of the now famed Costa Rica trip contingents, were planning a trip up north to look for some boreal species and asked if I’d like to join? Hell yeah!! OK, that wasn’t my exact response, but I jumped at the chance to join them. So this past Sunday (November 8th), I lumbered out of bed at 2:30am and made the 40 minute trek to their house where we left for the northwoods at 4:30am.
By 7am we were in the Nicolet National Forest on the hunt and a few minutes in Michael picked up a call he described as “not one we get back home.” A moment later, pointing through the moonroof, Nancy got me on life bird #600 – a Gray Jay! Nothing quite like picking up a milestone life bird perched 10 feet above the truck.
As I mentioned in a post last month, what’s better than picking up a life bird? How about adding a second? A few minutes further down the road and Nancy spotted what would become #601 – a Spruce Grouse.
After the Spruce Grouse, we picked up our third target species of the day – a Ruffed Grouse. Not a bad first hour of birding: 2 lifers and 3 first of year birds! I’m keeping this post short so I can get back to working on the new Costa Rica trip installment, but let me just say – all in all it was a fun day!! We picked up 3 of the 5 boreal species we had targeted (missing Boreal Chickadee & most surprising – Evening Grosbeaks which seem to be a staple in nearby Alvin) and each of us got extended looks at the Spruce Grouse. And to top it off – it was a full day with good birding company.
Ok, now it’s back to work on the next Costa Rica trip post. Until then, Bird It Up!