Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Life Bird 600-something


While helping to lead the field trip to Antelope Island State Park in The Great Salt Lake I got my first life bird in a while for North America. It was a chukar (pronounced chuck-er), a Eurasian species (and a member of the partridge family, but not The Partridge Family) introduced to North America by hunters. It's now established and breeding in many parts of the West, and thus is "countable" by those who keep track of such things. As I understand it, Danny Bonaduce is also established and breeding in certain parts of the West.

If I did a better job of keeping track, I'd actually know what number the chukar is on my life list. It's somewhere in the mid-600s I think...

Anyway it was cool to see a bird I'd never seen before. The chukar was a lifer for most of the 26 birders on our bus. No I did not force everyone to do the Life Bird Wiggle. It was too hot in the desert.

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6 Comments:

At 4:01 AM, Anonymous Trixie said...

Whoa! I had one wandering around outside my house about three years ago. Funny, I never saw it past the fall.

 
At 6:06 AM, Anonymous KatDoc said...

According to the new ABA listing rules, a Life Bird is not countable if you do not do the Life Bird wiggle, desert or mountaintop notwithstanding.

~Kathi

 
At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading you is always a pleasure...

SF

 
At 10:10 AM, Anonymous [email protected] said...

I agree with katdoc . . . would like to see a video of your Life Bird wiggle . . . I bet you could come up with a great song to go along with it! Congrats Bill!

 
At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Mary C said...

Now that is one bird I surely would do a Life Bird Wiggle for. I hope some day to see one.

 
At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Rondeau Ric said...

Once they are back on the air conditioned bus you should be able to get them to do the wiggle.

I harassed the in ND until they did. Said I'd put them back out in the rain.

 

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