[Tweeters] A good decision to not go birding

Larry Schwitters leschwitters at me.com
Tue Mar 15 07:02:40 PDT 2016

Hey...small world...I'm in the hospital now after an emergency appendectomy last night. At least I stayed off the bathroom floor. Larry Schwitters, Issaquah.

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On Mar 14, 2016, at 1:42 PM, Chazz Hesselein <chazz at hesselein.com> wrote:

> Friday evening I was filled with self-confidence knowing that an early start would find me a few hours later with my lifer White-winged Crossbill in Ellensburg on Saturday. My wonderful wife, Martha, even made me cowboy cookies or as we call them, hippie lembas, to keep me sustained during my birding adventure and round-trip drive over the pass. However, the nausea and abdominal pain that brought me out of sleep at around midnight made me wonder and three sleepless hours later, lying on the bathroom floor writhing in discomfort pretty well convinced me that birding Saturday was a no-go. Fortunately, I see that I probably would not have scored my target Saturday (sour grapes?) and instead am glad that I chose to have Martha drive me to the hospital for emergency appendectomy surgery. Occasionally I make a good decision and sometimes that decision is to not go birding.


> Recuperating at home, White-winged Crossbills hopefully for a later date,


> Chazz Hesselein

> Port Orchard, WA


> On 3/14/2016 12:00 PM, tweeters-request at mailman1.u.washington.edu wrote:

>> Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:12:47 -0400 (EDT)

>> From: Marv Breece<marvbreece at q.com>

>> Subject: [Tweeters] Ellensburg Saturday Birding

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>> Saturday and Sunday (today) I searched for White-winged Crossbills near the Japanese Garden on the Central Wash Univ (CWU) campus in Ellensburg. No luck for me. I heard 2 second hand reports of success on Saturday. It was fun watching a flock of about 15 RED CROSSBILLS feed in trees within the garden, dropping to the small stream to drink and to bathe, while I stood a few feet away. In good light, these birds were stunning!



>> Also on Saturday I came upon a flock of 20 COMMON REDPOLLS south of CWU in 2 small birch trees at 6th and Sampson. A WESTERN SCRUB-JAY was easy to find at the previously reported location of 2nd and Poplar. Also on Saturday, a TURKEY VULTURE flew around the campus.



>> At Sorensen Pond south of Ellensburg, a perched adult PEREGRINE FALCON was eyeing an assortment of ducks. Just east of town, a MERLIN was perched on a post with prey.



>> Marv Breece

>> Tukwila, WA

>> marvbreece at q.com



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