Rock Out with Your 'Nocs Out
Birding Arizona and North America
Now that you've written on the topic, does this mean you are for hire for whenever there is an empid identification crisis? The first identification issue I will be resolving is spelling empid correctly.
Or it will be verifying my identification here in order to publish comments. oy.
I don't know what's up with your personal ID--is blogger not letting you post or something?At any rate yes, I am for hire with empids, but more out of enthusiasm than expertise, especially when it comes to eastern varieties. You should be getting your first batch in a couple of weeks huh?
A bit of momentary weirdness. Clearly it was resolved and both comments appeared, and Oh My God, I can't wait. Let the frustration begin. I've been house-sitting this week while my parents are in the Bahamas - talk about a bird change up. So I went birding at the park down the street once I got my work done on Saturday because I hadn't been out in weeks. There I had a well-meaning couple kindly explain to me that if I wanted to see birds, I needed to wait a little longer for the spring migration to begin and it's better to bird in the early morning. They left and I spotted my FOY Fox Sparrow and Swamp Sparrow just past where we had been talking.
hehe what a wise old couple...Condescending birding advice is my favorite. What else can you do but smile and nod..."Oh ok thank you..."Nice work with the Sparrows. I hope those birds knew they weren't following the rules.
Re sparrows: I won't tell them, if you won't! The wise old couple did confirm my suspicions there there could be pileated in the park - its the right habitat AND told me there had been a Great Horned Owl pair nesting there the last several years. Unfortunately, Sandy destroyed their preferred the tree and the new nest has yet to be located. The conversation tone changed a bit when the realized I was a professional naturalist (their words) as opposed to a hobby biologist (again, their words).