Out with the old and in with the new lists!
Other than my trip to Ontario last year, my family and I didn’t go anywhere. It’s very hard to travel when you live on a farm, especially in the summer with all the haying and moving cattle, and besides summer on a farm is some of the best fun anyone could have!
Other than the Piping Plovers, and a Cape May Warbler I saw at 4H camp by Moose Lake, I saw 152 species in a five mile-radius around my house. I added 59 new species to my Life List, putting it at 237 species. My trip to Long Point helped greatly, with 36 new species which put me over the 200 species barrier. I just barely scraped by my personal goal of seeing over 150 species in Alberta, in the end I saw 154. I was quite pleased with my Year List of 202 species, again aided by my trip to Long Point.
I started a Mammal List too last year and was able to see 23 species in total, four in Ontario and 19 in Alberta. The most exciting addition was an American Black Bear last fall.
I’ve completed most of my birding goals from last year and now have to set new ones:
Last year I tried to submit an eBird observation every day, but some days I didn’t have time to bird or I forgot. This year I’m going to try to submit observations more regularly.
Some of the species I would like to see this year are: the Hudsonian Godwit, Gray Jay, Cinnamon Teal, American Bittern, and the Evening Grosbeak. Any rare birds in the area would be welcome too.
Happy New Year and Good Birding!