Originally, I had big plans for the October Big Day. I would wake up in darkness, gather my camera and binoculars and drive to Alabama for a birding tour along a river. I would tick off migrating songbirds, from tanagers to vireos and everything in between. I would add new sightings to my current year list, which has stood at 250 since the Bell’s Vireo I spotted in Kansas on September 7th.
But it was not to be. Instead, I slept until noon, spending another two hours watching “Suits” in my pajamas before I roused myself to head outside.
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