[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Top 10 experiences of 2019
It continues to be relatively quiet around here at the end of the year, and the beginning of the new year. I thought I'd do the ever popular Top 10 for the previous year.
1. 3 new birds added to my County list. Northern Mockingbird, Golden-winged Warbler and White-winged Scoter were probably as high up on the list of expected birds as one can get. The only birds in my data that I need that rate higher for expectation are my nemesis Common Redpoll, Evening Grosbeak (driven by data from 70's and 80's), Connecticut Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush.
2. White-winged Junco candidate. This odd junco led to a nearly year-long tip down the rabbit hole of junco ID research. I still have some much more technical work to dig through and will have something further later this year. All driven by this one individual bird.
3. March 17th being the hero. This was the time I found the lost dog and watched over it until its owner showed up. After what happened the previous holiday season, it was uplifting for my spirt.
4. Big 1/2 day at Woodland Park on 5/10. 80 species and 23 warblers with a lifer Golden-winged mixed in.
5. Imperial Moths showing up. Not birds, but hands down the best moth experience.
6. Adding new birds to the County Illustrated Checklist. I was finally able to get get my eyes on Marsh Wren and Sora this year. These were missing from the County Illustrated Checklist on eBird.
7. Female cismontanus Junco at feeder. After having males of this subspecies showing up in 2016, and earlier in 2019 I finally had a female example to see.
8. 5 New Yard Birds added. This really just helps to feed in to the focus for 2020.
9. 365 days of checklists. The one solid goal I had for 2019 was to a checklist a day. Chaos has caused this to be an issue in the past, but this year I did manage it. I only recall maybe a day or two where it was dicey.
10. Finding Bewick's Wren in JPW. I'm big on trying to get a comprehensive list together of birds sighted in Calhoun County. Finding something in The Jack Pine Warbler that added a new species was a great way to end up the year. Hoping maybe to find some more in 2020.
A bonus at number 11 would be the increased use of iNaturalist for moth sightings in particular, but also putting together the MNFI sightings index on there as a Project.
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