Nemesis bird. Anyone who has been birding for a while certainly knows these two words. We are all haunted at one time or another by the elusive nemesis. How can a bird that everyone else sees so regularly elude us for so long?
"Are you kidding me?"
"I've been to that spot a dozen times and there's nothing there!"
"This is the time I'm going to see it. I'm sure of it."Yeah. Not so much. The nemesis strikes again. That's been my story for a while with the damned Acorn Woodpecker. This bird apparently lives in Utah. I wouldn't know. My friends, the Sommerfelds conjure them up with a wink and the flick of an ipod. Tim Avery accidentally!? photographs them when he's taking pictures of other birds. Oh that's nice.
Of course I've been to this alleged Acorn Woodpecker spot on the Kolob Terrace at Zion National Park in Southwest Utah. Many times. And to the credit of the Sommerfelds and Tim Avery, they have taken me to the exact spot they've seen them. In fact I've been there within hours of sightings. But it just hasn't been meant to be. I can't really complain, though. If you've ever been to Kolob, you know what I mean. I've had some amazing trips there.
I've tried the Devil's Canyon Campground in Southeast Utah as well. This is another good spot. Well, good for some. Oh well....
In all honesty, I absolutely love the fact that it isn't always easy to find birds. What fun would it be if there wasn't some effort involved? I feel like there's always something left undiscovered in birding. My friends joke that I'll pore over the same area for a bit too long.
"Bilsky, seriously, you going to keep pissshing the same 2 chickadees for a half hour?"
OK, I might linger a bit too much sometimes. But hey, sometimes you have stop and wait maybe just a bit longer for the nemesis to show itself.....
Let's hear some other stories from out there in the bird-o-sphere. I know my tale is not unique.