Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Returning on Rufous wings

After a 4 month + hiatus from blogging, I have decided to ease back into the writing groove. I suppose it's safe to say that the blogging groove became a rut for a while, and the simple act of chronicling my outdoor adventures took a back seat to mostly mindless internets activity on Facebook!
The thing I missed most about my blog are the archives. If I wondered about an interesting species or equally interesting sighting date, all I had to do was search the good ole' blog to have an answer appear at my fingertips. I can still do that, but, in taking a break from blogging, I have lost a considerable block of personal birding history.
That being said, I just received a call of a newly reported Selasphorus hummingbird in Ozark. I hope to get over to see it today. I can't help put remember back in 1995 when an Anna's Hummingbird appeared at a feed in the middle of the town of Ozark. As far as I know, it was the last time an Anna's has graced our state. But, it's 10:55 am, here I go!
Success at 11:15! Back home at 11:20! 6 blocks away! A breeding plumage male Rufous! My photos are horrible, but I've sent my friend to take some real photos! In the meantime, here's my best, for what it is worth.

Well, I was going to mention my latest Northern Shrike from November 22. It appears that the same individual seen last November has returned to the exact same spot near Lockwood, MO, this year.

And I intended to feature some of my friend Marvin's loon photos, too. But, I'll save the shrike and loon shots for another day!


Nate said...

Nice! Hope it sticks around for a couple more weeks, I could use that on my Missouri list!

Jochen said...

Hey, hey, hey!!!
Welcome back, you've been missed.

And nice hummer indeed - having only Ruby-throated on my life list and being entirely deprived of the privilege to watch hummers here in Germany, I absolutely envy you - in a positive way though.

Looking forward to the shrike and loon!!