I have neglected my blog while I have moved across the country and started a new job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service back in Michigan. However I intend to continue catching up on posts gradually of birding and other adventures that have occurred since mid May. To start out with here is a video of my 500th ABA area bird, Whiskered Screech Owl that I took back in late May. Number 500 ABA is a pretty significant milestone for North American birders, as it is fairly difficult to get to 500 without doing a lot of traveling across the country (or countries if you do a lot of Canadian birding). Whiskered Screech Owl seems like a pretty decent milestone bird, with a very restricted range in the ABA area, plus I got these killer looks! Onward to 600!