Today I hit one of my goals for my Bigby year and somewhere along the way to Tiscornia beach this morning biked mile #1000. A flyby juvie glaucous gull put me at 227 (other recent additions are cackling goose yesterday close to home - unfortunately found during 45 degree rain so no pics and faithful readers are spared another goose post, and a few purple finches about the yard). I had somewhat hoped to get to 1200 miles, averaging 100 miles per month, but given that bicycling during the winter months here is dangerous, if not impossible, I don't think that's a goal I'm going to push for. At this point my goal is to reach 230 which I may be able to accomplish with just 2 (or maybe 3) more rides. Lesser black-backed gull should start roosting on Lake Chapin in a few weeks (I should probably check that it's not already there) which is about a 20 mile round trip. Long-tailed duck and Lapland longspur should be at Tiscornia on any given December north winds day. There's also the chance that I could run into a snow goose or shrike close to home and duck back out after them (that's what happened with the cacklers, and I attempted it with a golden eagle less than a mile from the house that crossed the road and perched in a snag as I drove home a week or so ago, but that had flown by the time I returned 10 minutes later on the bike). I could also theoretically get motivated to go for long-eared owl should one be teed up in the Sarett pines, but at 30 miles round trip, I don't know if that will happen. I actually toyed with the idea of trying the 65 mile trip for Franklin's gull down at 3 Oaks, but if there's one thing I've learned chasing birds, it's that gulls are not reliably re-found. Fortunately I slept through the 4:30 am alarm I'd set this morning.
Today's pics are from the berry trees in the cul-de-sac in front of the house. Waxwings and robins were swarming, but not being very cooperative about holding still: