1. See 100 Different Species in 2017
While this goal remains the same as my 2016 goal that I reached, I don’t have the luxury of leaving the province this year. Plus, with a baby in the house, I don’t know what my time for birding will be like. I think this is a reachable goal, but not too easy!
2. See 10 new “lifers”
While 10 new birds can seem like a daunting task, I’m still so new to birding that it seems entirely possible. Several I’ve seen before, but haven’t seen since I started listing, so for these purposes they are lifers. Here’s my best guess at the 10 new birds I’m going to add:
- Common Loon
- American Kestrel
- Trumpeter Swan
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird
- American Redstart
- Tufted Titmouse
- Northern Harrier
- Horned Lark
- Green-winged Teal
3. Submit 15 eBird counts that aren’t from my backyard
I’ve started doing regular counts in my backyard for just a few minutes at a time. It’s helping me get used to counting birds. I hope to submit 15 counts from birding outside of my yard. I currently find it hard to submit counts because I am spending so much time figuring out what I’m seeing, I can’t count. But I’ll get there!
Here’s to a good year of birding!