Calliope Hummingbird, a male seen for only a matter of seconds at the flowers in my front yard before my presence scared him off, and he didn't return after over an hour of waiting. Still, a few seconds is all you really need to add a lifer.
Caspian Gull yesterday, 1st for Iceland. Thought my days of driving for hours to see immature gulls were long gone but it was a good day out in nice weather and amazing scenery. I did miss a year tick Arctic Fox by being too engrossed in some silly game on my blinkin phone though.
Last Tuesday 4/22, I finally checked off another nemesis bird, seeing 2 or 3 Hammond's Flycatchers at Deukmejian Wilderness Park, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
In the past, I'd always missed them due to timing: I left Humboldt County (where I was attending HSU for my wildlife degree, graduating last spring) too early to see them on their nesting grounds in the local mountains, and arrived back home in L.A. too late to see them on their migration northward. Well, that's one less bird to worry about.
A shedload of 'lifers' for my first day in Tucson AZ today. Gambel's Quail, Gila Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker and Virginia's Warbler at the Desert Museum. Mexican Duck ( real ones, not mucky Mallard hybrids ) and my first Common Gallinule since the split, at Sweetwater Wetlands and Rufous-winged Sparrow while travelling between sites. They more than made up for the 80 minutes it took to get through customs and the Crown Victoria midden the car rental place tried to palm off on me. Off up into the Santa Catalina's tomorrow so, with a bit of luck, I should pick up some more. :t: