Yesterday evening while my wife and I were visiting a local Cincinnati brewery with another couple, my Belgian Quad consumption was interrupted by my birding associate Jon with a text.
Next is how our conversation went.
Jon: Female King Eider found at Crooked Run today by Don Morse
Les: Holy Cow. You chasing it?
Jon: I would love to but not unless Samantha (wife) changes her mind. I’d like to be out there at dawn. We’ll see. Check the Cincinnati birders Facebook page- there’s photos.
Les: Saw the picture. This is worth chasing
Jon: Seems legit
Les: Let me know. I’m willing to run after it
Jon: I’m working on it…probably meet you out there early if I can get the necessary approval here. I’d bring Phoebe (child) as part of my negotiations.
Les: Kathy (my wife) said go, so I’m leaving early and try to be there by dawn.
So as you can see this is how our conversation went last evening. And yes Jon, Phoebe and myself were able to tick off King Eider as another lifer. This is the 2nd sighting of a King Eider in Ohio this year. Just a few weeks ago another one was sighted on Lake Erie, so seeing this one on the Ohio River is very exciting for all area birders.
The weather conditions on the river were very foggy, and getting sharp clear photos this morning was next to impossible. Granted I could have waited around for a few more hours, however I have stuff to get done today.
Life Bird # 448