Looking back on the past 12 months, I did a lot of bird-y things in 2013 — helping out with the Edmonton Nature Club’s Young Naturalists’ Corner at the Snow Goose Chase, raising money for Bird Studies Canada and my local naturalist society with the Baillie Birdathon, birding in Central Park, a month-long internship in Ontario helping with fall migration monitoring, working on my Young Birder of the Year projects, and the Alberta Birds Facebook group I started in 2012 is up to 763 members, including lots of great birders and photographers.
A Savannah Sparrow (digiscoped) in June,
I added 31 new species to my Life List, putting it at 266 species. I was a little disappointed with my Alberta List, since I saw only 137 species compared to 154 last year. For my Year List, I saw 22 mammal species and 210 bird species.
On of my lifers this year — a Harris’s Sparrow that showed up at my feeders this past spring,
I added a new species to my humble yard list — a Blue Jay which stayed for only a few minutes in October, but I was very excited to see it,
A Double-crested Cormorant in Central Park in July,