Happy New Year’s Eve! 2018 was official the Year of the Bird, and it was quite a year! Here are some of the highlights from our birding year.
- Dave and I got married on January 6, the anniversary of my first rare bird, the American White Pelican!
- Added Common Goldeneyes to the life list.
- Great Backyard Bird Count: 33 species, 793 individual birds. Plus 2 Life Birds: Tufted Duck and Redheads
- 2 Snowy Owls at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR.
- Birding honeymoon to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. We visited Blackwater NWR in Maryland,Chincoteague NWR in Virginia, and Prime Hook NWR in Delaware.
- Added 2 Life List Birds at Chincoteague: Brown-headed Nuthatch and Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Snowy Owl at Forsythe (totaling to 3 Snowies this year)
- Saw 81 species from January 1 to the first day of spring for Year List
- My first dolphins!
- Added Wilson’s Snipe to our life list at Taylor’s Wildlife Preserve
- Global Big Day at Forsythe NWR: 60 species
- Our first Red Knots at Delaware Bay
- Participated in the 2018 Great American Arctic Birding Challenge with 62 species recorded between March 1 and June 1
- Added 4 Life List Birds: Caspian Tern, Northern Parula, Canada Warbler, and Red Knots
- Added 71 species to Year List, bring total to 152 by the first day of summer
Started working at Rancocas Nature Center
- 200th Bird: Roseate Spoonbill!
- Also added to life list: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Chimney Swift
- Had my last birding trip of my 20s at Forsythe on 9/16 😂
- Added 14 species to Year List for summer, making total 166
- First October Global Big Day at Cape May: huge Tree Swallow flocks and Western Palm Warblers. 31 total species
- Gave my first birding presentation at Rancocas Nature Center, “The Miracle of Avian Migration’, on October 13 (World Migratory Bird Day)
- Chincoteague Waterfowl Weekend: huge Snow Geese flocks and American White Pelicans
- Added 9 more species to Year List for fall, making final total 175
- Participated in my first Audubon Christmas Bird Count on 12/23 in Moorestown, NJ, with 35 total species for our count. Unsure of total count for other teams in the “Moorestown” circle. (Fun fact: Moorestown, NJ was one of the 25 towns to participate in very first Christmas Bird on December 25, 1900)
- Close-up seaducks at Barnegat Light: Surf Scoters, Common Eiders, Black Scoters, Harlequin Ducks, and Long-tailed Ducks
- Final hike 2018: Taylor’s Wildlife Preserve
Final 2018 Stats
- Year List: 175 species
- Life List: 16 new additions, current total 207.
- Birding in 7 States: New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts
Looking forward to birding in 2019!