Back in the day, bird identification came with a gun, not a pair of binoculars. Of course, the explorers and scientists didn’t have
a Peterson Guide on their desk. They quantified and qualified what would later make it into the Peterson Guide. Nearly two centuries ago, naturalist John K. Townsend was just out of graduate school and headed west on an expedition from Missouri. He found birds alright: “I think I never before saw so great a variety of birds. All were beautiful…and my game bag was teeming with its precious freight.”
Forty five species this week, highlighted by a Townsend Solitaire and Townsend Warbler.
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Black Tailed Jackrabbit
White American Pelican
Red Shafted Flicker
Black Capped Chickadee
Ringed Turtle Dove
Broad Tailed Hummingbird
Black Headed Grosbeak
Common Poor Will
Alder Flycatcher (perhaps. See at right.)