Early this week I heard of two hummingbirds, a Calliope and a Rufous, hanging out in the same yard in nearby High Springs. Neither would be a lifer, but both were great birds for Florida. So I found myself sitting in a backyard in the cold hoping the birds would be cooperative. The Calliope showed up very quickly and posed for photos like a runway model. But several hours passed and the Rufous was a no-show. Fair enough. One of two isn't too bad. Besides, I had a bigger goal in mind.
|Bar-tailed Godwit, Lifer #450.|
During the drive back toward Gainesville we got word that a Western Tanager had been seen in the same yard we had visited the day before! Now we knew what we were doing with our Friday! Again, we reached the yard early in the morning and hunkered down in the cold to wait. I noticed that the water in the birdbath was frozen. This was not comforting.
The week ended with a sense of deja vu all over again, as Yogi would say. I heard of anothr possible Western Tanager in yet another yard near Gainesville. This time I caught a very fleeting glimpse of a what might have been a Tanager, but that was all. Once again, I left with the same comment about breaking the jinx. A bit later I got an email with a photo, not of a Western Tanager but of a female Painted Bunting that showed up just after I left. Can I call it or what?? But what the heck, I also received a photo of a male Painted Bunting ... in yet another yard in yet another nearby town. Maybe I'll go there tomorrow and help someone else find a great bird when I leave!
|From top: Marbled and Bar-tailed Godwits and Ruddy Turnstone|