2017 Birding Goals


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
  • Sanderling
  • 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!


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