My apologies for the lack of posts in the past fifteen days; apart from recovering from surgery and trying to get back into somewhat of a normal life, there hasn’t been much time for birding, nor have I felt much up to it. Sure, I’ve still been vigorously doing what I call ‘computer-birding’ (reading blogs and various internet articles), but for the most part my time in the field has been limited to a couple of jaunts around the yard. That is all about to change, however, as I gear up for what should be one of the most exciting fifteen-day period of birding I’ve experienced.
During the period of time between July 19th and August 5th, I’ll be taking part in two very exciting bird-related pursuits. The first will be the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s ‘Young Birders Weekend’, held from July 19th – July 22nd. (To read more about the weekend click here.) The second, and undoubtedly what is probably to become the highlight of my year, is my first trip to California, joined by my dad. In addition to catching one or two Mets-Padres games and exploring the coast north and south of the Bay area, we’ll also be spending much of our time chasing down California specialties, including taking a Shearwater Journeys pelagic out of Half Moon Bay.
My dad and I have taken some awesome trips together, and I’m sure this one will be just as good, if not even better, than the others. I’ve spent the last few days planning and researching the trip, and I’m starting to get pretty pumped for what’s in store. I’m planning to post a summary of the Young Birders Event as well as the California trip while I return, but, knowing my past habitats with trip summaries, I’m hoping it will be for real this time.