One of the target birds I reckoned was "gettable" for the year in this county was the Sabine’s gull. It has shown up with some regularity the last few years at either (or both) the Fargo lagoons or the West Fargo lagoons. So far we’ve got zip, nada, zilch, goose egg. Several sightings are taking place throughout the state, just not here.
Last weekend the ND Birding Society took a boat trip on our little "inland sea" here in North Dakota called Devil’s Lake. No jaegers as was hoped but they say they saw four lone Sabine’s gulls during the tour. Here’s David Lambeth’s great shot of a juvenile bird:
I was out of town on company business so could not attend the gathering. Plus it’s not in Cass County so I just as soon spend my energy–at least this year–on that. But a photo like the one above would have been nice.
Now this week I got hooked up with a job driving a beet truck for a farmer from Moorhead. The upside?: Should bring in some needed capital to help with some bills. Downside?: Takes me out of about two weeks of prime time birding around here as October is well known for producing a rash of rarities. Oh well, in the end I need the money more than the birds.