2013 by the Numbers
- 200 birds this year, picking up the 200th bird during a CBC.
- 212 life birds in NJ.
- 66 new life birds.
2013 was a a good benchmark year. It gave me a sense of where my birding skills stand, what I need to work on improving. I gained valuable experience birding on my own and with others.
I started off 2013 with renewed interest in birding and set three goals for myself:
1. Bird at least 1x per month in Union Co., NJ
2. Use ebird.org to record observations
3. Learn warblers
Goal #1: Fail. I birded all of 1 month in Union. I didn’t anticipate the toll working far from home would take. My commute was an hour in the morning and closer to 90 minutes on the return drive. Doesn’t leave much time for birding. That plus going to school full-time and finishing a thesis. Then I moved out in June and haven’t returned to bird as there have been other, better locations for birding.
Goal #2: Success. As of the 27th, I’ve submitted 223 lists for the year. More detailed breakdown at the end of the post
Goal #3: Some success. It’ll be an ongoing processes, but a fun one! Saw 22 warbler species this year, whereas I had only seen seven previously. I saw a few more that were very blurry blobs that I didn’t feel were fair to count and I can’t promise I’d recognize them all again, but at least it’s a start.
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Now I need to figure out some new goals for 2014 which ideally should reflect that transient nature of my life at the moment. But I’ll be starting off the year with a blast, somewhere far from cold, cold New Jersey.