While May can be a great time for finding birds, I focused a lot this month on finishing up the school year, planting a summer garden, selling my old volvo, and planning my big summer bike tour. I got some nice birding in certainly, but didn't find too many of my own new birds. I chased a few good ones though...
BANK SWALLOWS at Ano Nuevo show up every year. It's just a matter of getting down there. Finding them isn't too hard since they nest in the bluffs above the beach.
A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was found by Ron Thorn just off Stage Rd. on Pomponio Creek Rd. It was easy to refind the bird fortunately. These birds were certainly not a given for the year.
An INDIGO BUNTING on Cloverdale Rd. was a great bird. Some visitors from Ohio found it and fortunately they ran into George Chrisman a few minutes later who posted about the bird. I got a few photos. Maybe I can get them up soon.
That same day 5/26, I went to Pigeon Point and saw both SOOTY and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS. Finally!!! My first of the year for Pink-footed.
The nemesis bird continues... David Suddjian emailed me after he found a Baltimore Oriole less than a half mile from the house. When I got the email a few hours later and rushed out. The bird was gone. Thanks for the heads up David, but this bird once again alludes me.