End of the summer blues

Travis back from summer vacation

Travis back from summer vacation

Travis is now back from summer youth birding camps organized by the ABA & Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (Camp Colorado & Camp Chiricahua respectively). There’s been a lot of talk about Camp Colorado already, but the first tales from Camp Chiricahua held in southern Arizona are just beginning to file in now. We’ll be receiving specific highlights from some of the younger campers soon, but in the interim can bring you up to date on the tally.

The Traveling Trinovid racked up 60 life birds on this first trip to Arizona. This included two extremely rare birds for the US (Blue-footed Booby & Plain-capped Starthroat) and many local specialties like Broad-billed, Lucifer, & Violet-crowned Hummingbirds, Montezuma Quail, Arizona Woodpecker, Greater Pewee, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Red-faced Warbler, & Painted Redstart to name just a few! Those of you who have been keeping track at home realize this brings the grand total up to 510 bird species seen in the United States since April 7th.

You can always view individual trip lists, by following the link at right for individual e-bird trip reports to see all the birds seen at each individual location. However, since many have asked we’ve also just added a new element.  Note the link at right to “View Travis’s Lifelist“. This brings you to a recent copy of the ABA checklist and bird species seen are noted by the abbreviation of the state in which they were first encountered in the final column. Check it out and see what species you could add if Travis were to visit you!