They Grow so Fast

the Traveling Trinovid back from a California Pelagic

the Traveling Trinovid back from a California Pelagic

Since the Traveling Trinovid’s big year began at the beginning of the busy spring bird migration season, these binoculars have mainly traveled with our Leica USA team attending the many birding festivals we attend each season. Beginning on April 7, 2013 when the big year was kicked off in Miami, the Trinovids flew across the gulf and enjoyed the Galveston Featherfest in Texas where shorebirds and other returning spring migrants were major highlights. Then back to North Florida to the Florida Birding in Photofest in St. Augustine for more Florida specialties like the amazing Swallow-tailed Kite. Next stop was all the way cross country for the Pt. Reyes Bird Festival along the central coast of California where we enjoyed birding in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. And, of course, how could we forget the Biggest Week in American Birding held in “the Warbler Capital of the World” in NW Ohio.

the Traveling Trinovid back from a California Pelagic

the Traveling Trinovid back from a California Pelagic

However, since this represented the end of the scheduled, spring show season for our Leica team, it was time for our young Trinovid to sprout wings of its own and began its journey solo. The first adventure was being shipped to California last week to join in on the annual Mendocino Coast Audubon Society pelagic trip. It was a first trip offshore for young Travis, and he picked up 16 new species along the way. Highlights off shore included 2 species of Albatross – Black-footed & Laysan, locally rare Brown Booby, and a Black Tern. Land based highlights included Hermit Warbler & Lawrence’s Goldfinch among others. Thanks once again to our friend John Sterling for looking after young Travis on his first solo adventure!