Just a short post this week, but one full of bird-related things for Miss 16.
She's spent a bit of time in front of the computer working on revisions for her paper that's been accepted for publication . Trying to describe in minute detail some aspect of certain feathers that indicate the bird at the centre of the paper was a juvenile rather than an adult is time consuming, as is trying to locate a reference the editor has asked be included. Still the job is nearly finished and it will be a great boost to her CV.
There was also an unplanned trip to the lake, after a very rare duck (only 10 recognized sightings ever in the entire country) had been spotted there. We spent several hours peering through the scopes trying to find one duck among a flock of about 1000. Finding it took some time since the flock was tightly packed, not to mention flighty (luckily they never went far). Once we found our bird we then waited and waited hoping for better views - "turn around and take your head out from under your wing you silly bird". The bird never cooperated so we had to be satisfied with less than perfect views. At least we found the bird though.
|Miss 16 snapped this through her scope with her cellphone. If you click through to enlarge it and look carefully you might be able to spot the bird we were after!|
The main event though is the three day teen banding camp up north. It's a great chance for her to catch up with her birding friends (they are scattered around the country) and hopefully get lots of banding and bird handling in as well. Three days of concentrated banding should help her progress more quickly to the next level banding permit, although different banders operate differently so working with new people can be a bit confusing and frustrating if they expect you to operate differently from the way you've been taught so far. Just have to hope the weather cooperates since you can't band if it is wet or too windy. She's not due home until Monday meaning it'll be a very quiet weekend for Dh and me. Mr 19 is also away, volunteering at a scout event and we don't see Miss 22 much anyway since she's busy with her own life - study, work, boyfriend, friends - and pretty much only comes home to sleep. I joke that we'll barely notice the difference when she moves out next year.