Back from Florida (a trip report will be posted a little bit later) where I was lucky enough to pass the 300 mark (for the ABA area), with a bird that is very special to me!!!!
A few months ago (my birding career is not that long) I remember coming back from a successfull Owl trip with Jochen (I think it was for a Barred Owl), and told him that I really would like to see a Burrowing Owl (did I add "in michigan" at that time, in the euphoria of the moment?).
Anyway, here it is, bird #300, and possibly the cutest bird in America. The cuteness factor is specially important for my lovely wife, who seems to have a perticular way of evaluating the importance of a bird in a life list, possibly because she uses a complicated weighting system for each bird, this one being probably worth about 500 HSCE (house sparrow cuteness equivalent).
I wonder which bird will be my #400. What's about a spotted owl?