I flew against the migration a few weeks ago leaving Panama to head north to the United States of Havoc and Conundrum. I had the opportunity to visit family and friends (and VOTE) before diving into the high season in my new position as a naturalist and bird guide at Tranquilo Bay. Graciously the new bosses gave me some time to see the family since I’ll be busy guiding holiday travelers in the tropics through the holidays. I can’t say I’m sad about missing them, being that the tropics will keep me plenty occupied.
So while in the states, it certainly has been a whirlwind, starting off with three days in Sarasota to see my grandmother, then five with my brother in LA, then just under two weeks seeing the parents and other family and friends in the DC/MD/VA area. And back in Florida for one last goodbye to Grandy before heading ever further south!
During this stay, I was lucky enough to get into nature and see some great birds in each state I found myself in. The fall migrants are well on making their way south but I did see some remnants, a blackpoll warbler, pine and palm warbler in VA and DC. The western version of the yellow-rumped warblers (Audubon’s) and white-crowned sparrows were in LA and the white-throated sparrows, kinglets and juncos are flooding into MD/DC/VA to spend the winter! So while I was sad to leave Panama’s perspective of the migration during my stay stateside, I got a lot more than I expected here up north and I’m sure to see a bit yet when I get back south!
Not to mention I had the thrill of getting a good taste of autumn colors and a bit of the briskness that is taking over upon the approach of winter to these northern latitudes.
So with the smell of fall in my senses, I’m ready to start the high season. Not a bad way to get started!