Finally...enough time (just enough) to get out another post! I rarely come down from the mountain to get internet (and a shower...!), so I have three topics to cover, as follows:
1) Suby Tales Victory!
Several posts prior, I posted my submission to Outside Bozeman magazine's Suby Tales contest. After much prolonged anticipation, I discovered that I had won! (Coincidentally, the first person that told me I had won was the Steph in my story. A coworker showed her a copy of Outside Bozeman, asking "hey, is this you in this story?").
I sent my buddy Trax to represent me at the Suby Tales Party held at the Montana Import Group in Bozeman (because I live on a mountain in the sky) and to collect my winnings. During the party, Trax gave me a call and everyone there congratulated me (as well as laughed at me), which was very cool (except for the laughing). I later found out that they had a bet going on whether I was male or female (since they only knew my name was Jesse...the male spelling by the way!) which is the reason for the laughter.
What did I win? They were very generous: a free detail (inside and out) for my car and $500 cash. But wait! They liked it so much that Montana Import Group decided I deserved more ("more?!!" I asked myself). $250 extra. Wow...who would have thought that losing your car to a fire could feel so good!
2) The Answers
The bird ID challenge was undertaken by a whopping 4 participants! It was quite difficult, but two people came out victorious with a tie: Kathy B and Glenn DeVoe (my pa)! Good work!
The correct answers:
3) Recent Happenings
The past two weeks have been quite slow...down to our lowest of 10 birds in one day, but most regularly 30-40 per day. But, birds are starting to move now! Yesterday we had 72, and today 102 boids! With two rarities included: a Tennessee Warbler (only 7 previous records at Lucky Peak) and a pacific variation of Orange-crowned Warbler (which typically hang out on the pacific coast area). Hopefully I will get some pictures of them posted (none taken by me so I don't have any for this post).
|The IBO Research Station complete with a sketchy, dilapidated trailer for a kitchen|
|The amphitheater for groups to view the banding process. With Gary, Heidi, and Jesus.|
|#1 (same as above)|
|#5 (seen on shorebirding trip outside of Boise. Very difficult!)|