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Adam's Wild Goose Chase

There's something special about seeing a “life bird!”
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BirdNote board member Adam Sedgley traveled from Seattle to the Oregon Coast in search of a Tundra Bean-Goose, a rare bird in North America. The goose had been observed near Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge among a flock of native Canada Geese. The Tundra Bean-Goose would be a “life bird” for Adam. Did he find it? Listen now to find out!

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BirdNote®

Adam's Wild Goose Chase 

Written by Adam Sedgley and Dominic Black

This is BirdNote, and I'm Adam Sedgley.

It is 4:30 in the morning, I took the day off today from work, so I can get in the car and drive five hours one way to see a rare bird. [Car door slams]

It's a goose. It's called the Tundra Bean-Goose, and it is very rare. If it's a lifer, it's called a lifer, a life bird. It means that it's a bird that you've never seen before. It's the first time you've seen it in your life. And there's something really special about seeing a life bird, and it's hard to describe… [Music transition] 

I'm about ten minutes away from the final destination, and I saw a flock of geese next to the road, and I'm just going to pull out my binoculars. These look like they're all Canada and Cackling Geese. We're not at the location…[fades] 

[Transition]

"Hi there."

"You looking for the goose?"

"Yes."

"It's right there."

"It's right here? All right, thank you."

[Transition]

There it is. I can see it. Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Boom. Take that, birding gods. 

Done. Dusted. Whoof. 

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Ambient sounds and field recording by Adam Sedgley. 
'Organ Grinder Swing' by Hudson/Parish/Mills, performed by Jimmy Smith. 
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Dominic Black
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org   April 2015  Narrators: Adam Sedgley / Michael Stein

ID# birding-21-2015-04-02    birding-21

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