Not an easy decision to come to but I had to pull the trigger. Unfortunately, after getting a tough and serious bacterial infection and after hearing chemo will end sooner than expected I decided I had to cancel AZ for another time and concentrate all my strength on finishing treatment this summer.

But hey-it gives me a chance to get a lot done locally, though my anticipated trip to South Beach had to be called off the morning of because of temp line problems. I’m pretty excited to see what I can do, now that I’m a captive audience to the birding scene during shorebird migration in the Northeast. Maybe another pelagic as well? A rarity chase?

Let’s see!


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3 Responses to AZ Trip CANCELED

  1. Vin says:

    Sorry to hear about your scrubbed Arizona trip but as you say right now it is the right thing to do. Glad to hear there was nothing wrong with your port, unfortunately for you it messed up a nice planned weekend. Yanks and Sox lost last night, look out for Tampa they have a good team. Take care of yourself. Go Yanks.

  2. Lar says:

    Dear Clark’s,
    You are handling this with grace, fortitude and positive thinking. Bravo! Another pelagic excursion sounds splendid indeed! I would love to be part of the next one.
    Keep on rockin’ in the Bird world!
    Peace, Love, Understanding, Music & Birding,
    Uncle Lar

  3. Marcy says:

    Hi Alex,

    I am sorry that you had to cancel AZ but you should be able to do some pretty exciting birding around the NE. My friend Karen and I just returned from a cruising vacation aboard our boats that took us to MV, Cuttyhunk, across the Stellwagon Bank and we saw some pretty good pelagic stuff – gannets, Wilson and Leach’s storm petrels, Sooty, Cory, and Greater Shearwaters. The shore bird migration was jsut beginning when we came back and we had black bellied plovers, yellow legs, least and semi -palmated sandpipiers, ruddy turnstones, Willets, Many oyster catchers, dowitchers – mostly all common stuff.

    The most amazing thing that I saw was a greater black backed gull take a flying herring gull out of the air and knock it into the water, land on it & drown it. This is the second time I’ve witnessed this behavior – this time was in the open Atlantic N of Boston – the first time 4 of us watched it from beginning to end on Penikese Island in the Elizabethans – after knocking the herring gull into the water and drowning it – the GBB gull actually dragged the drowned bird to shallow water to eat it!

    So watch for strange behavior too! Good luck with everything. Marcy

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