Saturday, September 10, 2011
The Red-necked Phalarope adventure, it's number 366!
When I was in Alaska, I went to a pond that was apparently to be full of Red-necked Phalaropes. Despite my several tries, none. A couple of days ago, here in Virginia where they're way off course one was reported about an hour from where I live, I went to look and no phalarope. Did they just like to avoid me? I didn't know. So today, the third good chance, a phalarope was reported just 30 minutes from my house. Would I finally get it this time? We went and looked in high hopes. As I pulled up, among the Wood Ducks, with my naked eye, I spotted my long-eluded target, the phalarope! The jury was still out on it's ID when I got there but it was thought to be a Red-necked. It didn't really matter to me though as Red-necked, Red, or Wilson's would all 3 be lifers for me. We stayed a while, several other birders were there including some of my friends. After I left with good photos and a life bird in hand, I headed to Shenandoah National Park where I saw a Black Bear. When I got home the email came out from one of the area's best birders, the case had been solved, it was a Red-necked Phalarope. Lifer for me and year bird 366!