Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pleasant Surprise

In Thursday's blog I mentioned wondering if I would see any new birds at CyFair on Friday.

As it turned out, I had absolutely zero time for birding at the college on Friday. However, while I was walking between buildings at lunchtime, I heard a familar sound, looked up, and saw - my first Eastern Phoebe of the year.
Now that's what I call effortless birding.

This week birders from all over the USA have been flocking to Choke Canyon, Texas to see a Pine Flycatcher. This is a rather nondescript bird but one that is making its first recorded appearance in the USA. Part of me totally understands the excitement it has caused and the wish of birders to add a rare bird to their life lists. The other part of me totally refuses to drive several hours in order to stand in a crowd of birders and look at a bird that is much less attractive than the Eastern Phoebe that I just saw. So I guess the Pine Flycatcher is one bird I won't be adding to my life and year lists. Well, not unless it comes a lot closer to Houston anyway!


Isaac said...

If it's not a mockingbird or cardinal, it's rare to me.

Speaking of which, I've got a bird on my blog in which I'm uncertain of the ID. Could you lend your expertise?

Jeff said...

What's your blog address, Isaac? I can't find it.

Jeff said...

Sorry, Isaac.
I forgot I just had to click on your name!
Yes, your bird is a Yellow-rumped Warbler.