"I got pretty good at sleeping duck ID in the afternoon. But some are still missing. Like American Wigeon."
I read the books at night so I can do most of the shorebirds. I can tell a dowitcher even though I have never seen one. Gulls give me a headache but I do run into them in urban settings,
"In the early morning as I drove to the motel for a nap I did hear some of the annoying chirpy birds in the woods and the edges of woods. But I was not going to bother with the songs just yet. Maybe some day."
Hotels were not always cooperative with his hours so he rented an RV for two weeks of his tour.