2011 was a great year for birding for me. This year I saw eastern birds I had never seen before. I was able to see 145 year birds and 61 life birds. I was hoping to break the 200 barrier, so I’ll try for that next year (starting tomorrow!).
1. Long-tailed Duck (Toronto, Lake Ontario)
2. Tufted Titmouse (Central Park, NYC)
3. Great Gray Owl (our farmyard)
4. Wilson’s Snipe (across the road from our farmyard)
5. Western Meadowlark (the pasture across the road from our farmyard)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler (the woods down the road)
I received some wonderful presents this year, most of which were birding-related. My mother bought most of my presents from Etsy, Amazon.ca (since we are in Canada), Chapters.ca, and Book Depository. Here’s a list:
:: My favorite presents this year are five letterpress prints by Dutch Door Press, a letterpress and design studio in San Francisco. These are the five prints I received (I was able to find links to only three of them):
:: One book I received that isn’t birding-related is I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, a Flavia de Luce mystery novel by Alan Bradley. I’ve read Mr. Bradley’s three other books, and I can’t wait to read this one.