Truth be told, I am actually surprised I birded and generated a list at least once every month! I did cut it rather close with February and November. Perhaps I should change my handle to badbirder…. Anyway 27 minutes until the clock strikes 12….
So how many lists did I submit? It was an up and down year, but over all lower than in years past. This was also the first year that I was in grad school for the entirety of the year. Grad school and birding do not go as well together as one would think!
Lists Submitted to Ebird by Month
So still respectable? In regards to species, it became even more extreme with ups and downs. I had a drop of 98 species between September 2014 and September 2015, but an increase of 101 from January 2014 to January 2015. Travel makes a difference!
Species By Month
|January||70||30||131 (65) *|
|June||64||85||54 (0) **|
|July||37||32||48 (0) **|
|August||65||40||45 (13) **|
* Includes Florida birding efforts.NY/NJ totals in ()
** Includes Honduran birding efforts. NY/NJ totals in ().
*** Global total. NY/NJ totals in ().
In Florida, Tara and I picked up 100 species, and while I don’t have all the records updated yet, I believe I also observed 100 birds in Honduras (ebird currently has 81 listed).
As I compile this review, what surprises me the most is now many life birds I picked up. Traveling for nearly 3 months really helps! So 91 new lifers added to the list. I won’t bore you by listing them all.
However, I will close with some of my favorite photos already shared this year:
And my clock warns me that I have less than 5 minutes remaining…