Actually, I did go back to Rock Creek Park this morning, but to a new bit with some different people. Greg Butcher, the Conservation Director of National Audubon was kind enough to take me birding and on a stroll through the park next to Rock Creek itself.
We added to the warbler list with Tennessee Warbler being a good edition, but also Swainson’s Thrush, Pileated Woodpecker and Great Crested Flycatcher being good editions to my Rock Creek list. And Red-winged Blackbird, Brown Thrasher, Solitary Sandpiper and Osprey being additions elsewhere.
I’ve been busy in Washington DC – but it’s been a good type of busy – birding, lunching, meeting people and a little bit of sightseeing. Here are a few thoughts about the capital:
- the White House is still there
- the Capitol area is very nice
- the Tabard Inn is quirky but would still be my first choice of Washington Hotel – no TVs, good food, nice staff and quaint.
- there are amazing numbers of starlings and house sparrows in DC considering how rare they are getting in the UK
- for fans of the West Wing, I met a Republican Josh Lyman figure (and if he is reading this blog – Drive with Strength!)
- most of the conversations about the environment and nature conservation are similar to ones happening in the UK and Europe
- I wish there were a Rock Creek Park close to Central London
- The Museum of the American Indian is a lovely building but was rather disappointing – I didn’t learn much
But I have now swapped the smell of power in Washington for the smell of seaspray at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. I dawdled and got lost on the way but still managed some good large birds from the car – Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Brown Pelican and Killdeer.
It’s just occurred to me that if I were still working for the RSPB I would be on a Council weekend in South Wales. I miss my friends, of course, but the Louisiana shrimps on the way down, in a diner, were very good, it’s shirt sleeve weather and I probably would have missed the pelicans in Wales…
The soundtrack in the car today was Bruce Springsteen (greatest hits) and Carly Simon (also greatest hits).[registration_form]