Saturday, December 31, 2011
My Year of Birding - 2011
Over the year my pictures have improved, my knowledge has increased and so has the mileage on my car. This photo of the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (my favorite photo of the year) reminds me of the many quiet moments that I had over the year with a single bird, just the two of us.
And so another year comes to its end. Last year which was really my first year of birding I was able to see 151 species. This year I have made great progress. At the end of 2010 my Newfoundland Life List stood at 152. As of today I have now seen 220 species. That means that I saw 68 life birds this year! I would never have thought that was possible. There were many days during the year that I didn't see any new birds but was able to better study many birds. Then there were days that I saw as many as three life birds in one day. It left me shaking my head in wonder. What will 2010 bring? Well, I'm sure that I will never match the number that I had this year but I will very likely top up my knowledge of many species. I will be taking on a project for about three months that will surely hamper my ability to go birding this winter. I will post as much as I can and work hard to keep the blog current.
Today, is the last day of the year and the gale force winds have subsided. I will be heading out soon in pursuit of bird number 200 for my yearly list! I will be looking high and low, far and close in an effort to find one more bird! Maybe there will be a King Eider sitting in the water at Cape Spear:) Post Script: I spent a great day looking but was unable to find any new birds today so for me, 2011 stands at 199 species.