Still pinching myself after reaching what was my last goal for 2017, seeing 800 species in the new ABA region. I feel fulfilled.
Yesterday we went looking for the Greater Necklaced Laughing-thrush a second time. Once again, we failed. While we were birding in the Hule’ia NWR, we heard a Japanese Bush-warbler, my number 800. As happy as I was, I didn’t want my number 800 to be heard only. We could not get this bird t…o come out.
On the way to the cars, Pat Keim, a woman in our group, saw a small bird that she thought looked different. We all put our binoculars on it. There it was! One of the most difficult birds to see, sitting on an open branch for all. Now I could celebrate!
We spent the afternoon on a mini-pelagic. Although I didn’t add any birds, we saw some great stuff. I will never get used to saying “look at that flock of Boobies on the water!”
Last night at dinner, drinks were on me. Cheers everyone!! Thank you so much for all of your kind words and encouragement.