I know, I know, I’ve been a very bad blogger once again. But it’s not like I’ve been doing nothing. Last week was chemo and as you may have guessed, no birding would’ve gone on. This past weekend was filled with many non-birding activities. After chemo, Wednesday is usually the day I start getting back into the normal swing of things.
Also, I’ve been busy planning summer birding, etc. that will go on. I’m headed up to New Hampshire, Thursday the 24 for Bicknell’s Thrush and other boreals then down to Cape Cod for a weekend pelagic. That weekend is also the one year anniversary of my incredible trip to Maine I took last year.
July, inevitably will be slower than the other two months. It’s probably my least favorite birding month. Songbirds are finishing up their breeding cycles and are rather quiet, while shorebirds are still trickling in before the big boom that happens in August. Fall migration hasn’t really started yet either. Also, June is historically known as a better month for rarities. Hmm…..what to do……..
August has my favorite birding of all the summer months. By the beginning of the month, shorebird migration kicks into high gear and I plan to make a couple of trips to south beach to enjoy shorebird migration at its best. Then it’s off to Arizona for 10 days for the mecca of all my birding trips that will happen in 2010. We’re doing the typical AZ route stopping at many popular spots from Tucson south. More on this as we get closer.
Pulling back to the present. I read a really great book called The Big Twitch while in Cape May. It stars an Australian birder (Sean Dooley) in his quest for his holy grail-to break the Aussie Big Year Record. It was a fantastic book and was probably the first book I’ve ever read that actually made me laugh out loud! The humor was fantastic and the authors knowledge of birds and birding taught me a lot about the Australian birding scene and the birds in that area. All in all a fantastic book, rivaling Kingbird Highway in both facts and story. A great read, I recommend it highly.
Stay tuned for more bird book posts, a subject I’m really starting to get into.