Looking back… and looking ahead

With the end of one year comes the beginning of another — 2014 was full of excitement as well as some difficulties; I got my driver’s licence, had the best summer job, and my trip to Washingto, DC, where I finally met Ray Brown and the crew of the Takin’ Birds radio show. There were also some sad moments: my grandfather moved into the nursing home after a stroke and my dad was diagnosed with cancer (though his surgery was successful and is feeling great now).

My lists:

I saw a total of 170 species in Alberta this year — it’s a good list of species, my best so far.

I added three species to my Year List while in Washington, DC: Northern Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

I was able to add five species to my Life List bring it up to 272 species I’ve seen since I started birding in 2012. The new species for 2014 were Black-backed Woodpecker, Blue-headed Vireo, Western Kingbird, Le Conte’s Sparrow, and American Bittern.

My resolutions:

1. To blog more. A blog needs fresh posts regularly.

2. Make more of an effort to submit eBird checklists every time I go birding.

3. Read through my collection of bird books. I have lots of books I still haven’t read yet.

4. My target species for 2015: Boreal Chickadee, Fox Sparrow, and Buff-breasted Sandpiper.

Here are some of my favourite photographs from 2014. Happy New Year everyone and may you have a happy and healthy 2015!

A Northern Mockingbird from my trip to Washington, DC, in November,


A squirrel,


A Dark-eyed Junco,


A male Ruffed Grouse,


A male Mountain Bluebird,IMG_4333


4 thoughts on “Looking back… and looking ahead

  1. Congratulations on a great 2014, and all the best for finding your target birds in 2015. Slightly jealous of your Mountain Bluebird photo. I’d like to say that’s a target bird for me in 2015, but seeing as we’re in Eastern Ontario, that might be a bit of a stretch.

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