After 14 months of grueling cancer treatment I can finally say, my last cycle of chemo has just ended. A couple weeks of low blood counts and blood transfusions will follow and then monthly hospital visits. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean I have more birding time on my hands. School is picking up the pace and because I just missed a week, I’ll need to spend some time catching up. That’s ok though. After all, it’s much better to be busy with school, than with chemo!

That being said, once the Banding at Birdcraft ends, expect the posts to thin out a little. Sometimes school stuff like homework will delay my posts a couple days.

In the next few days I’ll post highlights from banding a week and a half ago, the terrific birds we saw on a Cape Cod Pelagic, as well as the mainland at South Beach and Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Stay Tuned.


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13 Responses to DONE!!!!!

  1. Katie Werner says:

    So happy and proud of you Alex!!!! woohoo!!!!

  2. Dave says:

    And only a month before the next pelagic!

  3. Marcy says:

    Dear Alex,

    I am so very happy for you and will gladly do without as many posts for a while knowing that you are busy with normal “gets in the way of birding” stuff! Marcy

  4. Nick Bonomo says:

    You’re the man Alex, congrats! You and your family must be so relieved. Keep up the great work!

  5. Arlene Kaufman says:

    Both Frank Ferrara and Arlene Kaufman are so pleased you are done with the chemotherapy. Just visits to your doctor. You are a remarkable person and are so glad you can be bothered by classes etc. Keep up the good work.
    We are part of your grandad”s group in Westport. I hope some time you will come with him. We’d all love to see you!


  6. Michael Corcoran says:


    Congratulations!!! May your next challenge be an enjoyable one… one of your own choosing!

    Good to see you today.


  7. Deanna says:

    I am dancing in the streets in your honor!! I am SO HAPPY you’re done with this grueling treatment schedule. Leading a normal life will take about a day and a half of adjustment!

    Looking foward to seeing you on Sunday and I heard a rumor about Thanksgiving…..looks like a great fall for everybody.

    Hugs to you,


    • Alex Burdo says:

      Deanna……shhh…don’t give away any surprises for the blog.

      haha! Can’t wait to see you for the b-day. It’s been so long. So many trips to discuss!!!!

  8. Kate says:

    Yippee! Alex, this is wonderful news. We had a huge communal “woohoo!!” in our house last night when I told Sandy and the kids. It will be truly wonderful to have you back with us at school soon. Much much love, Kate and the gang

  9. Charlie says:


    Good news for sure. I am very happy for you. Don’t worry about blogging frequently; just keep up with the “school stuff” and keep getting stronger.

  10. Betsy Hermann says:

    Hi Alex,

    So glad the chemo is done. Hurray!!!!

    Love getting “The Flight of the Scrub Jay”. Keep up the
    wonderful pictures and birding information. It’s a great
    learning experience for a novice birder like myself.

    A young female moose was grazing in the yard one moringing last week. Probably yearling from her small size. (At least for a moose!) The sun made her coat shine like she’ been waxed. Nice to see her so healthy looking with the long cold winter just around the corner. Ms. Moose was having a gourmet breakfast of rose hips from the rose bushes in the back yard. Nature is so much fun.

    Hugs from Maine,

    Betsy and Bruce

  11. Karen Fiske says:

    Congratulations!!! I’ve enjoyed your blogs and your photos are great! I’m glad you can get back to school stuff! That’s the best news we all could hear.

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