Day 364 – “She’s up all night to get LOKI.”

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Number 817 is Loggerhead Kingbird at Bill Baggs Cape Florida in Miami!!
After getting off the boat yesterday and the high of the Great Skua, I drove to Raleigh from Hatteras, got in at 4 am to catch a 6 a.m. flight to Miami, where my friends Noah Frade and Shane Runyon had found the bird early but then we could not relocate it.
Victor Stoll bushwhacked his way in and refound the bird and was able to get a bunch of crazy birders on it for incredible looks!! What a crazy few days!
It’s only fitting that Ruben Stoll, Victor and I got our last 2 birds together.


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  1. James says:

    Congrats on an amazing and record setting year! You really deserved this, great job.

    1. The Dancing Birder says:

      Thanks James! Appreciate that. Already have 92 species for 2018!😂

      1. James says:

        My life list just got to 165 today, with the addition of Cackling Goose. Oh yeah, and my first ever coded bird!!! I got a Barnacle Goose that was found by my friend in the birding club. Got mine a little faster than you 😉

  2. Sue Tichy says:

    Yve, thanks for posting your exciting year. I read every entry and enjoyed riding along from the comfort of my home. Quite an accomplishment and inspiring. Congratulations.
    Continued Happy Trails for 2018,

    1. The Dancing Birder says:

      Thank you!

  3. Martin says:

    Well done on a great total! I hope you have enjoyed the year and the many journeys. Reading the blog has been a fun way to vicariously follow your exploits, and has made me want to go back for another birding trip to the US, I’m nearly up to 500 for the old ABA area, a trip to AZ and/or FL would do it… -) M

    1. The Dancing Birder says:

      Florida has some good birds right now!

  4. Mark K says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey and congratulations on an amazing year! Did the Stoll brothers ever do a blog?

    1. The Dancing Birder says:

      The Stolls did not do a blog, unfortunately.

  5. Dale Bonk says:

    Great job, Yve!
    When we met way back in January in AZ, the year was still young, but the your passion was obvious. I’m glad you stuck with it and had a fabulous time. Stupendous!

    1. The Dancing Birder says:

      Thank you Dale! Life-changing!

  6. Matt Grube says:

    Congrats on a great year! It was great running into you twice this year, during both good and bad times! Success with the Swallow-tailed Gull, but joy tempered by the impending hurricane, and then the disappointment of the Citrine Wagtail dip.

    1. The Dancing Birder says:

      Thanks Matt! Great seeing you. I’m still birding like crazy but now just in Florida. Happy New Year!

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