2013 in Review

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 Birdathonbirding 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,

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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,

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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,

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A Double-crested Cormorant in Central Park in July,

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Feathers on Friday

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A drawing of a Savannah Sparrow and an American Goldfinch from my Young Birder of the Year field notebook,

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Feathers on Friday

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This Savannah Sparrow was sitting on one of our fences so I digiscoped a few photos, and here’s one,

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More Feathers on Friday Posts:

From Frank at The Early Birder: Singing in the wind

Flowers, Birds, and Eggs

At 5 am this morning I went out birding, I didn’t intend to, but I have a tooth that is bothering me so I couldn’t sleep. It was a beautiful morning and a lot of great birds!

Northern Shoveler (digiscoped),

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Wild Rose,

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On my walk I saw seven broken duck eggs floating in the water, here are three,

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Blue-winged Teal (digiscoped),

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Savannah Sparrow (digiscoped),

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Eared Grebes (digiscoped),

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Yellow Lady’s Slippers,

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