Mountain Bluebird, Badlands National Monument, South Dakota
I saw a facebook update on someone's "year in birds" and realized I hadn't really done any tallying of how 2012 went for me bird-wise. When I did do a tally (thank you, eBird), I was pretty darned impressed!
Bronzed Cowbird, near Donna, Texas
Northern Hawk Owl, near Fryeburg, Maine
Here are my numbers:
North America (USA) Lifelist total: 371 (updated after a counting error)
2012 total birds: 282
2012 lifers: 52!
FIFTY-TWO! I had no idea! That's what happens when you visit seven different states in a year, baby! A big trip west, a big trip to Texas, and my move to Maine: keys to birding success.
Brown Jay, Salineno, Texas
Burrowing Owl, Badlands National Monument, South Dakota
|Greater White-fronted Goose|
|Northern Hawk Owl|
Hudsonian Godwit, Pine Point, Maine
Some really special moments on this list: the trip down the West Coast and across the northern plains, going up the Rio Grande to Salineno, moving to Maine and going to the beaches. Who knows what 2013 will bring?
Crimson-collared Grosbeak, McAllen, TexasSo how did your year go?