was on March 10 when Dorian Anderson saw a Magnificent Frigatebird
overhead on the 'Ding' Darling NWR. At that point Anderson had ridden
more than 2,000 miles on his bicycle on his quest to pedal
cross-country and record a birding Big Year on a bicycle. The
frigatebird was year bird No. 243.
we are nearing the midpoint of the year and Anderson is still riding
and still seeing birds. Monday found him in the high Colorado
mountains chasing a White-tailed Ptarmagin, a Brown-capped Rosy-finch
and McGillivray's Warbler. McGillivray's appeared; the ptarmagin and
rosy-finch remain at-large.
frigatebird was seen at sea level. Anderson was at 13,500 feet above
sea level on Monday. McGillivray's was year bird No. 486. Anderson
has now ridden his bicycle 7,685 miles through 22 states, all the
while piling on the birds in hot spots like the Texas Gulf Coast and
the desert of Southeastern Arizona.
we happy to report that Anderson is still all in one piece and still
riding, we are also happy to report, as he is, that to date he has
raised $14,831 for bird conservation and birding programs.
read more about Anderson's exploits, which he covers in great detail,
visit his website at bikingforbirds.blogspot.com
and to contribute to his fundraising effort click here.
partner set record
also remember that Anderson's birding partner while at 'Ding' Darling
was refuge intern Libby Errickson. Her time at 'Ding' Darling is
about up, but while she was here she and a friend, Alyssia Church,
set the Lee County one-day record for birds with 88.
cooler where Anderson is. The Weather Channel at santivachronicle.com
calls for 89 degrees today with a 20 percent chance of rain. It was
78 degrees on Sanibel and 79 on Captiva at 6 a.m. today. The five-day
forecast through Saturday is much the same with overnight lows in the
high tide is at 9:23 a.m. and low tide comes at 5:53 p.m. on Sanibel.
The Gulf of Mexico remains very smooth and calm.
sun sets on Captiva island at 8:25 p.m. today.