Saturday, September 4, 2010

Yard birds

Gray Hawk - Buteo nitidus (immature)

Like every self-respecting birder, I keep a yard list. I've had Clay-colored Thrush, Rufous-naped Wren, Roadside Hawk, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Mottled Owl, Inca Dove, Ruddy Ground-Dove, White-winged Dove, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Grayish Saltator, Great Kiskadee, Social Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Bronzed Cowbird, Melodious Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-winged Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager, White-collared Seedeater and Scrub Euphonia all in the yard. I've had a bunch more as flyovers.

And then late this afternoon there was this young Gray Hawk, caught by the rays of the setting sun.

Erm... Wait a minute... yard list?

What yard? Which blog is this? Is this still "On the road"?

"Have binoculars, will travel"? And what's with the fluffy new design?

Well... all right. You got me. I started the blog when I was traveling, and I named it in admiration of the Kerouac novel, but lately I have been spending a lot of time in San Salvador. As a consultant, it's hard for me to look into the medium to long distance future, but I'll be here at least until November. It's fast becoming my home away from home.

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