The obligatory moment as a handful of sunlit hours remain in the year: time to reflect on birds past. The year began with a bang, and a trip to Ecuador, and continued strong through the spring. May saw a whopping 162 species, nearly double what I saw in April and June.
The summer saw a significant drop between running a summer camp and building a bed (it’s a beautiful bed though!). Returning to Rutgers, saw an uptick of birding opportunities and species which I maintained through the year’s end.
Lists Submitted to Ebird by Month
What I lost in frequency of birding, I made up for in species. The 2013 list is exclusively domestic, specifically the NY/NJ region while my 2014 list is limited to the same region for comparison purposes and for standardizing the geographical limits of The Bet.
Species By Month
Additionally, I have 39 species from Arizona (28 unique) and 154 from Ecuador (135 unique) for a world total of 385 for the year. I had an opportunity to post regarding my Arizona adventures (Key to Life, Sunrise Stakeout, Oooooh for Owls, All the Broken Things). I didn’t get to post as much as I wanted about the Galapagos (where did the time go?) but what I did post is collected under Galapagos Journals.
My best day of birding occurred early in the year: I mentioned it in my brief update from the field, Birding Trifecta Achieved (Wandering Albatross, Galapagos Penguin, Short-eared Owl). I’m not sure a better day of birding is possible, ever. (Unless I get photos of all three species!)
I’ll be kicking off 2015 leading a trip down to Sandy Hook tomorrow, with the conclusion at the Meadowlands. Then on the 2nd, I jump on a plane and head to (hopefully sunny and warmer) Florida for the SICB conference, to be followed with some Everglades birding.