Big Road Trip Part Two

For anyone who has been following my “Big Road Trip”, I am completing the first portion of the trip as of today. We arrived in Bellevue, Washington late this afternoon. Needless to say, with a lot of traveling, this was not a birding day. That said, I was able to see many species throughout the course of the day. Along our travel route, I saw many Swainson’s Hawks, a few Black Tern (surprise to me), Brewer’s Blackbird, Eared Grebe, and Violet-green Swallows. Upon our arrival at our hotel in Bellevue, I was surprised to find three CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES in the spruce trees behind our room. Not surprising was finding four NORTHWESTERN CROWS in the courtyard. These birds were present here on our last trip. What was surprising was the fact the e-bird would only accept them as American/Northwestern Crows, non-countable. I understand the problem with hybridization in this area, but, they vocalized as Northwestern Crows, and are thereby countable as such. This won’t be an issue a little farther afield. For anyone wishing to follow me on the “Alaskan Cruise 13” portion of the trip, just click on that title in the index bar above. Hope you have enjoyed the trip thus far and that you will continue to follow my adventures.

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4 Responses to Big Road Trip Part Two

  1. Wilma Amthor says:

    John,
    It is such a pleasure to follow your bird excursions…thank you and your pictures are great!

  2. Thanks Wilma, glad you are enjoying the trip, John

  3. Maura says:

    Truth and I are enjoying reading about your travels too!

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