I also took this video of a Great Blue Heron catching and then losing a fish right by the dam. A few minutes later it scooped up and swallowed a large crayfish before flying away.
Tom and I picked up just over 80 species for the day, though we missed some relatively easy stuff that we probably could have found with more persistence. A 90-species day is easily within reach and will be a goal for next year. Reaching the century mark should be a real challenge, though certainly achievable.
|Purple Martins nesting in Durham County |
(my first digiscoped capture!)
This may be my last blogpost for a few weeks as I'm gearing up for a big trip to the southeastern corner of Europe to attend my brother's wedding on a Greek Island and see some remnants of ancient civilizations (as well as some migratory birds of course!). I leave the US while on the doorstep of several list milestones: my NC state list is at 249, my ABA list at 298 and my Durham County list at 147. But this trip to Europe should push my life list well over 1500. My top targets are Bee-eater, Roller, Elanora's Falcon and Griffon Vulture. Can't wait!