This week’s photo, taken November 7, 2014 in Neah Bay, WA, features a BRAMBLING, a highly migratory bird of Europe and Asia that occasionally turns up in North America.
Neah Bay instantly became the hottest birding destination in Washington state when someone discovered an Eurasian Hobby there on a Sunday in late October. Birders flocked (pun intended) to the most northwestern spot in the Lower 48 states, hoping to see a species that is extremely rare in our hemisphere. The following Saturday, 150 birders converged on the area, providing a nice boost to the local economy. The bird-watchers also discovered more rare birds in the area.
I didn’t make the long 4 1/2 – hour journey to Neah Bay until several days after the Hobby was last seen. Although I missed the Hobby, I did add several great birds to my life and/or state lists:
BRAMBLING (life bird)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE (life bird)
ORCHARD ORIOLE (new state bird)
CATTLE EGRET (new state bird)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (3 of them!) (new state bird)
It’s a looooong way to Neah Bay, but I can’t wait to return.
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